RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to replace the bridge on U.S. 70 over Gallant's Channel in Beaufort.
The 56-year old bridge is considered functionally obsolete. The bridge is still safe, but 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.
NCDOT is proposing to replace the current bascule bridge with a 65-foot fixed span bridge and to widen U.S. 70 to 4-lanes with a median on new location from Radio Island to just north of Olga Road.
The primary purpose of the proposed project is to increase the mobility and safety of U.S. 70 and eliminate delays due to the bridge opening. It 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.
The $66.4 million contract was awarded to Conti Enterprises, Inc. of Edison, N.J. The bridge replacement can begin as early as March 3 and is scheduled for completion of all but landscaping by July 15, 2018. Final completion is expected in January 2019.
This was one of 28 contracts worth $282.3 million recently awarded by NCDOT for highway, bridge and ferry projects across North Carolina. NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The winning bids for the projects came in almost five percent, or $14.2 million, below NCDOT estimates.