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NCDOT awards $11.6 million contract to replace 16 Columbus County bridges

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- The North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded E.S. Wagner Co., LLC – South CA of Piedmont, SC, an $11.6 million express design-build contract to replace 16 bridges in Columbus County.

The work can begin as early as April 1 and should be complete by Nov. 15, 2016.

The following bridges and culverts will be replaced in Columbus County:

-the Mark Pine Bay bridge over Simmons Bay Branch near Old Dock;
-the N.C. 130 bridge over the Waccamaw River overflow near Old Dock;
-the N.C. 214 bridge over a branch of Bogue Swamp Branch near Hallsboro;
-two bridges on Farley Road over Bogue Swamp near Hallsboro;
-a culvert on Red Hill Road over a branch of Troy Mill near Welches Creek/White Marsh;
-the Jenkins Road bridge over Slades Swamp near Rico;
-the Rico Road bridge over Slades Swamp near Rico;
-the Sessions Road bridge over Welch Creek near Welches Creek/White Marsh;
-two bridges on Old Glade Road over Welch Creek near Welches Creek/White Marsh;
-the Old Lake Road bridge over Slap Swamp near Lake Waccamaw;
-the M.M. Ray Road culvert at Cow Bog Branch near Old Dock;
-the M.M. Ray Road culvert at a tributary of Simmons Bay Branch near Old Dock;
-the Cove Canal Road culvert near Lake Waccamaw; and
-the M.M. Ray bridge over Big Branch in Monte Swamp near the Bethel community and Nakina.

This project is part of the NCDOT's $450 million state funded bridge plan for 2011-13, which calls for preservation, repairs or replacement of bridges statewide. This is one of 18 contracts totaling $102 million awarded by NCDOT in February 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 0.6 percent, or $638,695, below NCDOT estimates.

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

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