Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Transportation will replace a box culvert damaged by Hurricane Matthew with a bridge in Columbus County.
The culvert is located 0.5 miles north of Peacock Road on U.S. 701 North. While the road itself was not flooded by the Oct. 8 hurricane, the box culvert was severely eroded by water resulting in major damage to the culvert and roadway.
E.S. Wagner Company, LLC of Piedmont, S.C. was awarded the $1.4 million express design-build contract. The design-build method allows the design, environmental permitting, utility relocation and construction to take place under one contract, which reduces overall construction time, helps the department avoid cost inflation, lessen environmental impact and alleviate driving delays for motorists.
Work can start as early as Jan. 3, 2017, with the project wrapping up by late May 2017.
This was one of 12 road and bridge projects recently awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation. They came in at about $177.9 million, which was nearly $5.6 million under DOT engineers' estimates. The contracts were awarded to the lowest qualified bidders, as required by state law.
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