The new bridge on Cornelius Harnett Drive is being built due to the deteriorated condition of the existing bridge, according to N.C. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Tammy Stewart.
“The existing bridge had a sufficiency rating of 2 out of 100 when this bridge was programmed for replacement. Although it is not utilized as much as it was prior to the construction of the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, it does still serve locations on the far side of the railroad corridor,” Stewart said.
Because of MLK parkway construction, “These locations are now on a dead-end section and this bridge provides their only point of access. It is still a part of the state-maintained system and was prioritized for replacement based on its condition,” Stewart said.
The project contract cost is $3.3 million. The new bridge was scheduled to be completed in late spring 2011, Stewart said.
However, according to Kerry Cross, N.C. Department of Transportation resident engineer, the contractor hired a subcontractor to work on the project and the subcontractor went out of business before the bridge was complete.
The contractor had to hire a new subcontractor, which delayed work on the bridge, Cross said.
The new bridge should be open in mid-October 2011, Cross said.
He added that the only remaining item on the contract is demolishing the old bridge.
The contractor is B&K Coastal LLC, doing business as Cape Fear Paving Co., according to a NCDOT website where readers can access information about the project and other NCDOT construction projects: www.ncdot.org/projects/
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Date posted: March 15, 2011
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