New Culvert Coming to Ashe County
 & 11 Bridge Replacements in Caldwell, Wilkes

Published Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 11:48 am

New Culvert Coming to Ashe County, No Detour Necessary 

A culvert replacement, drainage improvements, fresh grading and new paving are on their way along Claybank Road, just outside of Jefferson in Ashe County.

James Vannoy & Sons Construction Company of Jefferson was awarded a $476,000 contract by the N.C. Department of Transportation for the culvert for Little Buffalo Creek.

Improvements may begin as soon as June 27, with all work — except for vegetation re-establishment — to be completed by Thanksgiving.

The old bridge will remain in use while the new bridge is being built downstream, which will provide visitors and residents access to the area where the only way in or out is over the creek.

Improvements for structures such as this are in progress across North Carolina as part of Governor McCrory’s 25-year Transportation Vision to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation.

This is one of 16 road and bridge projects recently awarded by the Department of Transportation, worth about $96 million, which was $3 million under the estimates of DOT engineers. The contracts were awarded to the lowest qualified bidders as required by state law.

For real-time travel information, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

Contracts Awarded to Replace 11 Bridges; Caldwell, Wilkes County to Benefit

The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a pair of contracts worth $7.2 million to replace 11 bridges in Caldwell and Wilkes counties. The projects are part of the state bridge program that targets structures in need of rehabilitation or replacement.

The 2015 budget signed by Governor McCrory included funding to replace 540 bridges across the state. Infrastructure improvements such as bridge replacements are part of Governor McCrory’s 25-year transportation vision to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation.

A $4.4 million contract with Mountain Creek Contractors in Catawba calls for the replacement of six bridges in Wilkes County and one in Caldwell County.

The bridge to be replaced in Caldwell County is on Old Johns River Road and crosses Elijah Estes Mill Creek. Three bridges in Wilkes County are on Longbottom Road and cross Dungeon Creek each time. Two bridges cross Little Creek on Casey’s Branch Road, and one crosses West Palm Roaring River on Shumate Mountain Road.

The other contract was awarded R.E. Burns & Sons Company of Statesville at a cost of $2.8 million. It will replace one bridge in Caldwell County and three in Wilkes County.

The bridge in Caldwell County runs on Georgetown Road over Zacks Fork Creek. One bridge in Wilkes County crosses Tucker Hole Creek on Congo Road, while the two others cross Moravian Creek on Lowe Creek Road, and cross Cub Creek on Meadows Road.
Both contracts allow work to start as early as June 27 and could take until November of 2018 to wrap up. The contractors will have to schedule around the state trout moratorium, which doesn’t allow work to be done within 25 feet of a watershed holding naturally reproducing trout between April 15 and October 15.

Both contracts are being done under the express-design process, which is more efficient than the usual manner in which bridges are built. It allows the design, environmental permitting, utility relocation and construction to take place at the same time. This method reduces overall construction time, helps avoid cost inflation, allows the contractor to make innovations that save taxpayer’s money, lessens environmental impacts and alleviates driving delays for motorists.This was one of 16 road and bridge project contracts awarded by the Department of Transportation, worth about $96 million. That was about $3 million under the estimates of DOT engineers, money that can be used toward other projects. The contracts were awarded to the lowest qualified bidders as required by state law.

For real-time travel information, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

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