Two Haywood bridges to be replaced

Aug 19, 2014

As part of a continuing effort to upgrade and improve infrastructure across the state, the N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to replace two Haywood County bridges.

The $5.5 million contract for the bridge replacements, which included four bridges in Jackson County, was awarded to Simpson Construction Company, Inc. of Cleveland, Tenn.

Construction can begin as soon as Aug. 25, with all six bridges completed by November 2017.

The bridges scheduled for replacement include the bridge on Hemphill Road over Hemphill Creek, built in 1954 and considered functionally obsolete and structurally deficient and the bridge on Johnson Branch Road over Johnson Branch, built in 1963 and considered functionally obsolete and structurally deficient

Bridges considered functionally obsolete and/or structurally deficient remain safe for the traveling public, but they were built to outdated design standards and need to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands.

For more details about improving North Carolina's bridges, visit NCDOT's bridge information website.

This is one of the 11 road and bridge contracts worth $43.4 million recently awarded by NCDOT for projects across North Carolina. The contracts were awarded to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The low bids received on the projects were 2.8 percent, or about $1.2 million, over NCDOT estimates.

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