$782,512 Contract Awarded to Replace Franklin County Bridge

RALEIGH — A $782,512 contract has been awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation to replace the bridge on Seven Paths Road over Cypress Creek, southeast of Louisburg. The 63-year-old structure is considered structurally deficient, which means it is still safe, but requires continual maintenance and eventually needed to be replaced.

The contractor, Smith-Rowe LLC of Mount Airy, can begin work as early as March 1, 2013, with the new bridge expected to be open by Sept. 1, 2013. Additional vegetation work for the project is scheduled to be completed by Feb. 28, 2014.

Motorists will detour around the closure by using Sykes Road, Ruffin Collie Road, Alford-Sykes Road, N.C. 581 and Duke Memorial Road.

This is one of 22 contracts totaling $67.1 million awarded by Conti in November 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 6.2 percent, or $4.5 million, below NCDOT estimates.

Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 749 highway contracts totaling $5.1 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.