RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation
Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to replace the Blacksnake Road bridge over Stanley Creek in Stanley.The $600,196 contract was awarded to Apple Tuck & Associates Inc. of Rutherfordton. Work can begin as early as Aug. 27, and must be completed by Nov. 11, 2013.There will be an off-site detour route. Traffic will take Blacksnake Road to N.C. 27 to Sandy Ford Road to Stanley Lucia Road to get around the project.The bridge was built in 1962 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. By replacing it, NCDOT will improve motorist safety, make travel more efficient and help the local transportation network last longer.This is one of 24 contracts totaling $119.9 million awarded by Conti in July 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 9.5 percent, or $12.6 million, below NCDOT estimates.Since Gov. Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 678 highway contracts totaling $4.7 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities. Gov. Perdue continues to support immediate jobs in the construction sector and the goal of ensuring that our transportation network facilitates access to jobs, education and healthcare for the future.