RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract for the replacement of four bridges in Hoke County, three in Montgomery County, three in Richmond County and two in Scotland County. The $8.8 million design-build contract was awarded to Smith-Rowe, LLC of Mount Airy. Work can begin as early as June 30, with completion scheduled for no later than Nov. 1, 2017. These bridge replacement projects will utilize the design-build method, which allows the design, environmental permitting, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation and construction to take place at the same time, under one contract. This method reduces overall construction time, helps the department avoid cost inflation, allows the contractor to make innovations that save taxpayers money, lessens environmental impact and alleviates driving delays for motorists.The following bridges will be replaced in Hoke County: Old Maxton Road over Big Middle Swamp; Old Maxton Road over a fork of Raft Swamp; Old Maxton Road over a fork of Raft Swamp; and Mcbryde Mill Road over a branch of Raft Swamp.The following bridges will be replaced in Montgomery County: Apple Orchard Road over Clark's Creek; Ophir Road over Barne's Creek; and Hydro Road over Clark's Creek.The following bridges will be replaced in Richmond County: Bostic Road over Drowning Creek; Grassy Island Road over Dry Creek; and Sandy Ridge over Cartledge Creek.
The following bridges will be replaced in Scotland County Marston Road over Gum Swamp Creek; and Bostic Road over Jordan's Creek.
Dates for the individual bridge closures will be released once they are determined. These bridges are considered to be structurally deficient or functional obsolete and have reached the end of their life cycle. Many of these bridges currently have weight limits that do not allow school buses and some emergency vehicles to cross. The structures will also accommodate all traffic, including trucks and emergency vehicles, as they will not be subject to load restrictions of the current bridges. 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.