RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to replace the bridge on Melvin's Bridge Road between N.C. 210 and N.C. 411 near Garland.
The $888,525 contract was awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson. Work can begin as early as Jan. 30 and be completed by Oct. 15.
The contract includes replacing the existing timber bridge, which was built in 1965. An off-site detour will be in place directing motorists to travel N.C. 210 to N.C. 242 to N.C. 411 and back to Melvin's Bridge Road.
This is one of 30 contracts totaling $82.6 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 8 percent, or about $7.2 million, below NCDOT estimates.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 471 highway contracts totaling $3.6 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.
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.