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NCDOT awards contract to build new bridge on NC 12

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The N.C. Department of Transportation says it has awarded a contract to build a permanent bridge on N.C. Highway 12 on Pea Island.

A statement from the department on Thursday said the $79.7 million contract was awarded to Parsons Construction Group Inc. of Greenville, S.C. Construction on the new bridge can begin as early as Jan. 6, 2014 with completion scheduled for spring of 2016.

As part of the bid, the contractor committed to completing the work within 800 calendar days, or approximately two years and two months.

The 2.1-mile-long permanent bridge will replace the temporary one currently standing where Hurricane Irene breached the highway in 2011. It spans an area where inlets have historically opened and closed.

Traffic will continue to use the existing bridge during construction.

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