N.C. Department of Transportation
Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $678,922 contract for replacement of the bridge over Brush Creek on Double Island Road near Micaville in Yancey County. The bridge, built in 1956, is deemed structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. That does not mean the bridge is unsafe. It means that the bridge is not built to modern design standards and does not meet the needs of today's travelers.The contract was awarded to Young & McQueen Grading Company Inc. of Burnsville. Work can begin as early as April 1 and is scheduled for completion by Feb. 10, 2013. This is one of 29 contracts totaling $167.9 million awarded recently by 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 7.5 percent, or about $13.5 million, below NCDOT estimates.Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 540 highway contracts totaling $3.9 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.