- A contract was awarded in June by the N.C. Department of Transportation
to replace the bridge over Fork Creek on Erect Road near Seagrove. The $1.1 million contract was awarded to R.E. Burns & Sons Co., Inc. of Statesville. Work on this contract can start as early as July 28, with a portion of the project completed by May 2015, and all work finished by the end of October 2015.The bridge site will
be closed to traffic during construction and an off-site detour will be in place. Motorists
will be directed away from that portion of Erect Road and use Riverside Road and Bennett Road to travel around the construction site.The bridge was constructed in 1938 and is classified as functionally obsolete. This means that although the bridge is safe, it was built to design standards that are no longer in use.Because of its condition, NCDOT posted a weight limit restricting single-axle vehicles weighing more than 12 tons and trucks weighing more than 15 tons from using the bridge. The new bridge will meet current design standards and will not have posted weight limits. This was one of 18 road and bridge contracts worth $248.1 million recently awarded by NCDOT for 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 three percent, or $8.3 million, below NCDOT estimates.For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.