Flatiron Constructors has been awarded a $145.3M contract by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to design and build a new bridge at Rodanthe in North Carolina, US.
Pursuant to the contract, the US-based firm will be responsible for the construction of a 3.86km-long bridge, named “jug handle”, which will stretch from the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge over the Pamlico Sound into Rodanthe.
The project is expected to be a long-term solution to keep N.C. 12 open through an area that is prone to severe storm damage.
With all the necessary approvals in place, the project’s design and permitting is anticipated to take about one year to complete.
NCDOT’s acting transportation secretary Mike Holder said: “This critical highway connection is another major milestone for the Outer Banks.
“This new bridge will eliminate travel disruptions caused by beach erosion and storm breaches that have resulted in access issues at one of the most vulnerable sections of N.C. 12 for years."
Construction on the project is expected to commence in 2018. The bridge is expected to open to traffic by early summer 2020.
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