Raleigh, NC (WMBF) - The North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to replace the bridge on Old Stage Road over Joe's Creek in Gibson.
The bridge, which was built in 1951, is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.
Officials said the bridge is still safe, but needs to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands.
The new bridge will not be subject to load restrictions and will accommodate all traffic, including trucks and emergency vehicles, NCDOT officials confirmed.
The $547,220 contract was awarded to Smith-Rowe, LLC of Mount Airy.
The bridge replacement can begin as early as April 28 and is scheduled for completion of all but landscaping Oct. 1. Final completion is March 30, 2015.
This is one of the 25 road and bridge contracts worth $71 million recently awarded by NCDOT for projects across North Carolina. The contracts were awarded to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The low bids received on the projects were 1.2 percent, or $845,000 below NCDOT estimates.