Pea Island, North Carolina
RALEIGH -- The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to build a permanent bridge on N.C. 12 on Pea Island.
The contract was awarded to Parsons Construction Group Inc. of Greenville, S.C. for $79.7 million. Construction on the new bridge can begin as early as Jan. 6, 2014.
NCDOT says the 2.1-mile-long permanent bridge will replace the temporary one that currently stands where Hurricane Irene breached the highway in 2011 and span an area where inlets have historically opened and closed.
The new bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in spring 2016. As part of the bid, the contractor committed to completing the work within 800 calendar days, or approximately two years and two months, NCDOT says.
The new bridge will be built parallel to the temporary bridge within the existing easement, and traffic will continue to use the existing bridge during construction. NCDOT hopes construction will have a minimal impact on traffic.