- The N.C. Department of Transportation
has awarded a contract to replace the bridge on Ritter Road over Buffalo Creek northeast of Robbins in Moore County.The $583,107 contract was awarded to TCB Builders, LLC of Lexington. The project includes replacing the existing one-lane bridge with a new dual-lane structure.The bridge was constructed in 1948 and is classified as functionally obsolete. This means it has remained safe for use, but it was built to design standards that are no longer in use. Because of these older design standards, NCDOT posted a weight limit restricting single-axle vehicles weighing more than 14 tons, and trucks weighing more than 17 tons from using the bridge. The new bridge will meet current design standards and will not have posted weight limits. Work on the project can begin as early as June 30, with the bridge opening to traffic in November. The entire project should be completed by May 2015. The bridge site will be closed to traffic during construction and a detour will be in place. Motorists will be directed away from Ritter Road and use Lakey Siding Road, North Moore Road, N.C. 22, and Borden Road to travel around the construction site.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.Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT traffic website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.