The N.C. Department of Transportation
has awarded a $6 million contract to replace two bridges over U.S. 29/70/220 on I-40/85 in Guilford County. The project was awarded to APAC-Atlantic, Inc. Thompson Arthur Division of Greensboro.Work on the project can begin as soon as March 2. The new bridge should be open by Sept. 1, 2017, with work on vegetation establishment and complete by Feb. 28, 2018.This project is part of the department's statewide bridge program to improve the condition of the state's bridges. The current bridges were built in 1954 and 1966 and are both considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. That means while the bridges remain safe, they have been in deteriorating condition, and they were built to design standards no longer in use. The bridges currently handle 75,690 vehicles per day. That number is expected to increase to 118,000 by 2035No detour will be needed as motorists will use the existing bridges while the new ones are being built. Because I-40/85 is a busy commuter and travel route, the contractor isn't allowed to close or narrow a lane of traffic on it between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov .This is one of 15 road and bridge contracts worth $88.1 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 about $950,000 below NCDOT estimates.