DOT to replace Catawba bridge

The N.C. Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it plans to replace a 50-year-old bridge in Catawba that is “structurally deficient.” 

NCDOT officials said the department approved a contract to replace the Boggs Road Bridge over Hagan Creek in Catawba, a project that will cost about $847,000.

NCDOT Secretary Gene Conti awarded the contract to Sunbelt Structures Inc., of Tucker, Ga., and work will begin as early as April 2 and should be completed by Feb. 10, 2013, according to information provided by NCDOT. 

During construction, there will be an off-site detour route that will take traffic from Boggs Road, to Old Catawba Road, to N.C. 10 to get around the project.

The bridge was built in 1960 and is deemed both functionally obsolete and structurally deficient.

DOT officials said that does not mean the bridge is unsafe, but there are elements of the bridge that need to be monitored to maintain its structural integrity, and its layout no longer meets current design standards for width, shoulders or rails.

The new bridge will be able to accommodate larger vehicles.

Conti awarded a total of $167.9 million for 29 contracts for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina.