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Two Lincoln County bridges to be repaired



Staff Writer


Two Lincoln County bridges are due to receive some upgrades following an announcement by the North Carolina Department of Transportation last week that a contract had been awarded for the work.

The $4.4 million contract to Astron General Contracting Company of Jacksonville will allow for the cleaning and painting of seven bridges in Cleveland County, four in Catawba County, three each in Gaston and Iredell counties and the pair in Lincoln County.

Both the bridge on N.C. 150 over the South Fork of the Catawba River in Lincolnton and the one on N.C. 73 over the Catawba River near Cowans Ford will receive necessary repairs, with work expected to begin between May 15 and July 1 and be completed up to 502 days after the starting date.

The projects are part of the NCDOT’s $450 million state-funded bridge plan for 2011-13, which invests in preserving, repairing or replacing bridges statewide, officials noted in a press release.

“Our bridge preservation program allows our transportation network to meet the needs of businesses and industry,” said NCDOT Division 12 Engineer Mike Holder.

The bridges will be cleaned and the supports painted with epoxy paint. If needed, the bridge joints and bearings will also be replaced. The rehabilitation work should help to keep the bridges in good condition and extend their life.

This is one of 27 contracts totaling $106.9 million awarded by the NCDOT in March for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. The NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The bids received on the projects awarded came in about 5.3 percent, or $5.9 million, below NCDOT estimates.

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