RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to replace the bridge on Holly Shelter/Island Creek Road over Island Creek between Castle Hayne and Hampstead.
The bridge, which was built in 1951, is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. While it is still safe, the bridge needs to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands. The new bridge will not be subject to load restrictions and will accommodate all traffic, including trucks and emergency vehicles.
The $2 Million contract was awarded to S.T. Wooten of Wilson. The bridge replacement can begin as early as June 30 and is scheduled for completion of all but landscaping Nov. 24. Final completion is November 1, 2017.
During the replacement, motorists should use U.S. 17 and I-40 to avoid the closure.
This project is an important investment in the long term viability of the state's transportation network and will help improve the overall health of the local infrastructure.
This is one of the 14 road and bridge contracts worth $82.5 million recently awarded by NCDOT for projects across North Carolina. The contracts were awarded to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The low bids received on the projects were 5.5 percent, or $4.5 million, below NCDOT estimates.