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DOT awards Conn. company with $500k contract to repair fire-damaged culvert

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CARY, N.C. -

A Connecticut company has been tasked with emergency repair work to a fire-damaged culvert under Cary Parkway.

On Tuesday, Cary Police charged Tristan Zammit, 17, of Brownfield Drive in Cary with a Class 2 Misdemeanor: Intentionally Setting Fire to Grass, Brush lands, or Woodlands in the case of last Thursday's culvert fire that significantly damaged a portion of Cary Parkway.

A fire caused damage to a 12-by-8 foot culvert that will require 100 feet of pipe to be replaced. The repairs will include tearing up the pavement, replacing the damaged pipe and repaving. 

Zammit admitted to starting the fire, police said. If convicted, Zammit faces up to 60 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded Connecticut-based Lane Construction with the $482,120 repair contract. Because of the nature of the repair, the usual bidding process was not required.

Lane Construction will begin work on the already closed westbound lanes on Thursday, mobilizing its equipment and starting with erosion control and pavement cutting. Excavation of the pipe will start Monday, requiring the eastbound lanes to be closed as well.

Access to the residential communities along the road will remain open during construction.

Cary Parkway is expected to re-open by April 15. Work is scheduled to take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., although it could switch to 24 hours a day if needed to finish the work on time.

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