Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has announced today that its Infrastructure business, part of Balfour Beatty Construction Group in the US has been awarded the I-140 Wilmington Bypass project. This £77 (US $124) million project includes a 7,185-foot-long bridge over the Cape Fear River in North Carolina.
On behalf of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, we will construct around 1.5 miles of a four-lane road in the southeast counties of Brunswick and New Hanover. Included in the construction are ten bridges, six of which are twin bridges. The bridge over the Cape Fear River will span a delicate wetlands area, requiring careful ecological management. The team will access the bridge construction via a temporary work trestle. This will mitigate temporary wetland impacts while providing safe access for the workers.
"The Wilmington Bypass represents further evidence of the improving outlook for our US business," said Andrew McNaughton, CEO, Balfour Beatty. "This project win perfectly fits our skill set in the US where we have broad experience with these types of jobs and an outstanding record working on projects that require exceptional environmental stewardship and sustainable practices."
When the project is completed, the bypass is expected to positively impact traffic flow and local economies. Traffic volumes are expected to more than double in the next 20 years (from 39,600 vehicles per day to 80,800 in 2035). The project has broad support from the community and is seen as a vital part of reducing the commute from Brunswick County into the City of Wilmington, as well as reducing overall congestion in the Wilmington area. The 54-month project is scheduled to begin in October 2013 and finish in April 2018 and is part of the Wilmington Bypass, identified in the early 1990s as a critical infrastructure need for south eastern North Carolina.
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