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RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) – The North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to replace seven bridges in Brunswick County and two bridges in Pender County. The $8.3 million contract went to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson. Work may begin as early as April 30, with project completion due by Nov. 1, 2015.

New bridges in Brunswick County will be built on:
•Green Swamp Road NW at two locations over Green Swamp near Supply;
•Maco Road NE over Hood Creek near Town Creek;
•Lincoln Road NE over a branch of Mill Creek outside of Leland;
•Galloway Road NE at two locations over Pinch Gut Creek between Supply and Bolivia; and
•Midway Road SE over River Swamp near Supply.

New bridges in Pender County will be constructed on:
•Canetuck Road over Buckle Creek near Riegelwood; and
•Morgan Road over Colly Creek near Currie.

The DOT says these projects will use a design-build method that allows 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 avoid cost inflation, and allows the contractor to make innovations to save taxpayers money. It also reduces environmental impact and minimizes driving delays for motorists.

This contract also is among 17 to be let by June 2012 using a new “express” design-build concept, which permits construction in eight months or less. The concept is more efficient than traditional models 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.

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