RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to replace the bridge on N.C. 24/Grove Street in Fayetteville.
The $4 million contract was awarded to HRI Bridge Company of State College, Pa. Work can begin as early as Feb. 27 and be completed by Dec. 31, 2013.
The bridge was built in 1951 and is deemed both functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. This does not mean the bridge is unsafe, but there are elements of the bridge that need to be monitored to maintain its structural integrity, and its layout no longer meets current design standards for width, shoulders or rails. The new bridge will be able to accommodate larger vehicles than the current bridge.
Motorists will be shifted onto an adjacent, temporary bridge while the existing bridge is replaced.
This is one of 39 contracts worth $203.2 million recently awarded by Transportation Secretary Gene Conti 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 2.9 percent, or about $6.2 million, below NCDOT estimates.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 511 highway contracts totaling $3.8 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.