RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $7.8 million design-build contract to replace 12 bridges near Tabor City.
The contract was awarded to Smith-Rowe LLC of Mount Airy. Work can begin as early as May 29 and be completed by Nov. 1, 2015.
The contract is among 17 to be let by June 2012 using a new concept called express design-build, which allows construction to go from zero to construction in eight months. The concept is more efficient than traditional methods in that it does not require a technical proposal; the contract award winner is selected solely on low bid. The projects will replace about 175 bridges across all 14 highway divisions.
The bridges being replaced are:
- Three on MM Ray Road over Monte Swamp;
- Ramsey Ford Road over Cypress Swamp;
- Big Cypress Road over Big Cypress Swamp;
- Five on Lebanon Church Road over Grissett Swamp; and
- Two on Miller Road over Juniper Swamp.
These bridges are considered to be structurally deficient and/or functionally obsolete, and have reached the end of their life cycle. This does not mean the bridges are unsafe, but there are elements of the bridges that need to be monitored to maintain structural integrity.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 36 design-build contracts totaling $1.8 billion. In addition to expediting construction, design-build projects utilize more private sector contractors, stimulating job creation.
This is one of 24 contracts totaling $117.6 million awarded 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 17.5 percent, or $25 million, below NCDOT estimates.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, every $1 million spent on transportation creates 30 jobs, and according to the construction industry, every dollar invested in transportation generates $6 in economic impact.