POSTED: APRIL 5, 2012
N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $6.2 million design-build contract to replace two bridges each in Catawba and Iredell counties, and one each in Gaston and Lincoln counties.
The contract was awarded to R.E. Burns & Sons Company Inc. of Statesville. Work can begin as early as April 30 and be completed by Nov. 1, 2014.
The contract is among 17 to be let by June 2012 using a new concept called express design-build, which can go from zero to construction in eight months. The concept is more efficient than traditional methods in that it does not require a technical proposal; the contract award winner is selected solely on low bid. The projects will replace about 175 bridges across all 14 highway divisions.
The two bridges in Catawba County being replaced are located on:
- Sulpher Springs Road over Long Shoal Creek northeast of Hickory; and
- 33rd Street NW over U.S. 70 in Long View.
The two bridges in Iredell County being replaced are located on:
- Winthrow Creek Road over South Fork Winthrow Creek north of Mooresville; and
- Teeter Road over Coddle Creek southeast of Mooresville.
The bridge in Gaston County being replaced is located on:
- Ramseur Road over Long Creek west of Bessemer City.
The bridge in Lincoln County being replaced is located on:
- Kidville Road over Killian Creek south of Denver.
The design-build method 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.
These bridges are considered to be structurally deficient or functionally obsolete and have reached the end of their life cycle. This does not mean the bridges are unsafe, but there are elements of the bridges that need to be monitored to maintain structural integrity. Many of these bridges have weight limits that do not allow heavier truck traffic to cross.