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State awards contract for N.C. 150 bridge

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

Repairs necessary to help preserve the N.C. 150 bridge over the South Fork River in Lincolnton will be made possible following a contract awarded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
An announcement made by the department earlier this month stated that the $2.9 million contract, awarded to HRI Inc. of State College, Pa., will allow for preservation work to be done on various bridges in Lincoln, Cleveland and Gaston counties.
The work done will include removing some of the deck and replacing it with a latex concrete overlay, in addition to cleaning and painting the structural steel and bearings, said the news release.
Repairs are on schedule to begin between June and October and must be completed 280 days after the starting date. Lane closures on the bridge will occasionally be necessary, but will only occur at night. Otherwise, on-site traffic is expected to be maintained.
“This type of project is a way to extend the life of a bridge, and is done at a cost significantly lower than continually repairing or even replacing the bridge,” officials noted in the release. “It is part of the NCDOT’s $430 million bridge plan for 2011-12, which calls for preservation, repairs or replacement of 450 bridges statewide.”

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