SHELBY-TheN.C. Department of Transportationhas awarded a contract to replace a bridge over Upper Flat Creek in Buncombe County.
The bridge, which is on Garren Creek Road, is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. That means that, although the bridge is safe, it was built to design standards no longer in use and requires significant maintenance to remain functional.
Crews will replace the existing structure with a culvert, as well as perform additional grading, paving, drainage and signal installation associated with the project. NHM Constructors, LLC of Asheville was awarded the $766,226 contract.
During construction, traffic will be maintained on the existing structure. Work on the project can begin as soon as June 1, with all work except vegetation establishment finished by mid-November.
This is one of the 25 road and bridge contracts worth $71 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 1.2 percent, or $845,000 below NCDOT estimates.