The N.C. Department of Transportation will replace the N.C. 42 bridge that spans the Tar River in Edgecombe County.
The department this week awarded a $7.5 million contract to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson to build a two-lane bridge alongside the existing one, which was built in 1952 and has vehicle weight limits.
The current bridge, which carries on average 1,600 vehicles a day, will remain open during construction, except for a two-week period to install a drainage pipe associated with the project.
It will take about two years to complete because the contractor will be restricted from doing work in the Tar River at certain times of the year due to environmental construction moratoriums.
Once the new bridge is opened in 2020, the old one will be demolished.
This was one of 25 road and bridge contracts recently awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation. Per state law they went to the lowest qualified bidder for each project. The contracts are worth nearly $630 million.