RALEIGH -N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to replace seven bridges in Brunswick County and two bridges in Pender County.
The $8.3 million contract was awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson. Work may begin as early as April 30, with project completion by Nov. 1, 2015.
New bridges in Brunswick County will be constructed on:
Green Swamp Road N.W. at two locations over the Green Swamp near Supply;
Maco Road N.E. over Hood Creek near Town Creek;
Lincoln Road N.E. over a branch of Mill Creek outside of Leland;
Galloway Road N.E. at two locations over Pinch Gut Creek between Supply and Bolivia; and
Midway Road S.E. over River Swamp near Supply.
New bridges in Pender County will be constructed on:
Canetuck Road over Buckle Creek near Riegelwood; and
Morgan Road over Colly Creek near Currie.
This project will use the design-build method that allows project design, environmental permitting, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation and construction to take place at the same time, under one contract. This method reduces overall construction time, helps the department avoid cost inflation, and allows the contractor to make innovations that save taxpayers money. It also reduces environmental impacts and minimizes driving delays for motorists.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 32 design-build contracts totaling $1.8 billion. In addition to expediting construction, design-build projects make heavier use of private-sector contractors, stimulating job creation
This bridge construction contract is among 17 being let by June 2012 using a new "express" design-build concept, which permits construction in eight months or less. The concept maximizes efficiency by not requiring a technical proposal; the contract award winner is selected solely on low bid. Through these projects, NCDOT will replace about 175 bridges across all 14 highway divisions.
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