- N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract for preservation work on eight bridges in Haywood and Swain counties. The work includes painting structural steel, as well as cleaning and painting bearings.The $3.1 million contract was awarded to Taylor and Murphy Construction Co. of Asheville. Work can begin between May 1 and Oct. 1 and must be completed 385 days after the start date. The following four bridges will be preserved in Haywood County: On N.C. 209 over Crabtree Creek in the Crabtree Community; On State Road 1660 over I-40 near Clyde; On U.S. 19/23/74 over Seay Road near Clyde; and On U.S. 276 over Jonathan Creek near Dellwood.The following four bridges will be preserved in Swain County: On U.S. 74 East and West over Shepherds Creek near Bryson City; and On U.S. 74 East and West over Whittier School Road and the Tuckaseegee River in Whittier.This is one of 34 contracts totaling $130.8 million awarded by Conti following NCDOT's March contract letting for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The bids received on the projects awarded came in about 1.4 percent, or $118.8 million, below NCDOT estimates.Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 575 highway contracts totaling $4.1 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.