NORTH WILKESBORO – Residents in six western counties will be crossing over new bridges in the near future.
The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded two contracts to James R. Vannoy & Sons Construction to replace nine bridges in the region.
Each contract calls for the use of the express design-build concept, a process in which planning, permitting and construction are performed under one contract to reduce costs and eliminate delays.
The first contract includes the replacement of two bridges in Ashe County, one in Surry County and one in Alleghany County for a total of $2.76 million. Conceptual and design work may begin as early as June 26, and all work is expected to be completed in 2019. The second contract is for $4.06 million to provide three new bridges in Avery County, one in Caldwell and one in Watauga counties.
The contracts are part of 14 road, bridge and ferry projects recently awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation. They were worth $186 million and awarded to the lowest qualified bidders, as required by state law.
The new bridges are:
Alleghany: Piney Post Office Road over Potato Creek
Ashe: Frank Dillard Road over Little Naked Creek
Ashe: John Griffith Road over Helton Creek
Surry: Reeves Mill Road over Stoney Creek
Avery: Ruffin Street over Linville River
Avery: Banner Creek Road over Elk River
Avery: Little Henson Creek Road over Little Henson Creek
Caldwell: Valley View Circle over Mulberry Creek
Watauga: Bairds Creek Road over Laurel Fork