PROJECT: NCDOT R-5522 HICKS GROVE ROAD RELOCATION
CLIENT: North Carolina Department of Transportation
In the fall of 2011, V&M was asked by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), Division 13, to design a realignment of SR 1113, Hicks Grove Road, in Rutherford County. The existing road crossed a mainline CSX railroad near the junction of the Duke Energy spur line. The new alignment was to cross the same track about 1,400 feet south of the existing crossing.
The key aspect of this project was an accelerated schedule, made necessary by the concurrent construction of a new zinc processing and recycling plant. The facility would create over 200 much-needed Rutherford County jobs. The North Carolina Governor at the time, Governor Beverly Purdue, paid a visit to nearby Isothermal Community College, making the announcement of the soon-to-open plant to this small community.
V&M began work immediately upon notice-to-proceed, conducting field surveys, roadway and structure design, railroad coordination, hydraulic design, erosion control plans and traffic control plans, all on an accelerated schedule. The bridge was specially designed for quick construction, utilizing all driven-pile foundations and side-by-side box beams for the superstructure. V&M’s structural engineers laid out the span arrangements to facilitate all necessary railroad clearances while keeping span ranges within the limits of precast unit capacities.
V&M received commendations from NCDOT for exceeding the critical schedule. As stated by the DOT Project Manager on this high-priority Rutherford County job: “When the Governor announced the new industry coming to the State in Mid-September I never would have guessed we would be able to meet her deadline of having the new bridge in place by the end of 2012. Thankfully Vaughn and Melton [has] risen to the occasion to have the bridge and road plans ready 4 months later.”
This project was awarded a North Carolina ACEC Grand Achievement Engineering Award in 2014 in addition to being awarded a National Recognition Award in February of 2014!