Raleigh - The Lumber Bridge over Drowning Creek on Turnpike Road near the Hoke and Scotland County line will be replaced, thanks to a $1.1 million contract, awarded by N.C. Department of Transportation.
The contractor, Dellinger, Inc. of Monroe, will replace the 65-year old bridge, which is structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. That means that while it remains safe, it is in deteriorating condition and needs to be replaced. It was also built to design standards no longer used in bridge building.
Construction for the new bridge may begin anytime between October 15 and March 1, 2017. The bridge must be completed 360 days after the start date.
Bridge replacement projects like this one are currently underway across the state as part of Governor McCrory's 25-Year Transportation Vision to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.
This was one of 16 road and bridge projects recently awarded by the NCDOT, worth $96 million, $3 million less than projected in engineer's estimates.