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Bridge replacement to begin soon in Fayetteville

Posted September 25, 2012

— The North Carolina Department of Transportation is moving forward with plans to replace two aging bridges in Fayetteville.

The department announced Tuesday it has awarded a $15.9 million contract to HRI Bridge Co. of Blacksburg, S.C., to begin work on structures. One bridge crosses the Cape Fear River on U.S.301/Interstate 95, and the second bridge spans nearby Cross Creek.

The bridges were built in 1954 and are structurally deficient, the department said. They are still safe but require extensive maintenance and repair.

Work to replace the bridges is expected to begin Oct. 1 and should be completed by April 2015.

The contract is one of 18 totaling $205.8 million awarded by the department this month for highway and bridge projects. The department said the bid from HRI Bridge Co. came in about $37.4 million below NCDOT estimates.


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  • boogerntcsmom Sep 25, 2012

    I am glad that these bridges are being replaced but to me it is irrational that it should take 2 1/2 yrs to complete these projects. Every time I have seen road construction, there are 5-10 people standing around doing nothing but drinking coffee, smoking, and conversing while 3-4 guys are actually working. How about putting more people to work with less standing around and get the job done sooner and reduce the cost of these projects so that other projects can receive some of the funds?

  • affirmativediversity Sep 25, 2012

    Lets see...Fayetteville get their I295 project worth hundreds of millions plus 2 new bridges worth millions from NCDOT...what do the surrounding counties receive (besides more potholes and dangerously inadequate roads for another few years).