The state Department of Transportation has announced that it will spend $1.7 million to build a new bridge on U.S. 74 in Scotland County.
The Tara Group of Lumberton Inc. was the low bidder to build the bridge over Gum Swamp Creek, northwest of Laurinburg. It will become part of I-74 westbound when the current highway is upgraded to interstate status.
The new bridge replaces the 74-year-old structure currently in place. It was built to bridge design standards no longer in use and is considered functionally obsolete.
No detour route will be needed around the project, as the new bridge will be built alongside the current bridge, which will remain in use during construction, according to DOT officials.
The project can start as early as Jan. 28 and should be finished by Sept. 15, 2014, officials said. Vegetation and planting work could continue into March 2015.
This is one of 23 contracts totaling $145.7 million awarded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation in December for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina.
The DOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The bids received on the projects awarded came in about 9.8 percent, or $15.8 million, below NCDOT estimates.