$1.3 million awarded to replace bridge on Cherry Mountain Street

Nov. 13, 2012 @ 10:13 AM

Work will begin this spring on a project to replace the bridge over the CSX Railroad on Cherry Mountain Street near Bostic.

The N.C. Department of Transportation recently awarded a $1.3 million contract to DeVere Construction Co. of Alpena, Mich. to replace the bridge.

 Work is scheduled to begin March 1 and should be completed by April 30, 2014.

The bridge was built in 1950 and is considered functionally obsolete. While the bridge is still safe, lane and shoulder width don’t meet current standards. The new bridge will be able to accommodate larger and heavier vehicles.

The bridge replacement is part of NCDOT’s $430 million bridge plan for 2011-12, which calls for preservation, repairs or replacement of 450 bridges statewide.

This is one of 15 contracts totaling $73.6 million recently awarded by Transportation Secretary Gene Conti for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The bids received on the projects awarded came in about 9.1 percent, or $7.4 million, below NCDOT estimates.

Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 727 highway contracts totaling $5 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities. Gov. Perdue continues to support immediate jobs in the construction sector and the goal of ensuring that our transportation network facilitates access to jobs, education and healthcare for the future.

For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.