- The N.C. Department of Transportation
is replacing the 60-year-old bridge on Great Hope Church Road over Goodwin Mill Creek just west of Hertford in Perquimans County. The existing bridge will be closed for construction beginning August 18, and traffic will be rerouted along a signed detour. Construction is scheduled to be completed and the new bridge open to traffic by the end of December. The bridge is classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, which means that it has remained safe for use, but is in deteriorating condition and needs to be replaced. Because of its condition, NCDOT posted a weight limit restricting single-axle vehicles weighing more than five tons from using the bridge. The new bridge will be safer and provide better access for the community, because it will not have posted weight limits and will be built to current design standards. The following signed detours will be in place during construction:
This replacement is part of a $5.8 million express design-build contract awarded to McLean Contracting Co. in April 2013 to replace six bridges in Perquimans County and two in Pasquotank with new bridges by October 15, 2016. Express design-build allows construction to go from zero to completion in just eight months for each bridge. This is more efficient than traditional design-build for less complex projects that do not require additional right of way. The design-build method allows the design, environmental permitting, utility relocation and construction to take place at the same time, under one contract. This method reduces overall construction time, helps the department avoid cost inflation, allows the contractor to make innovations that save taxpayers money, lessen environmental impact and alleviate driving delays for motorists. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.
- From Great Hope Church Road on the east end at Beech Springs Road, traffic will follow Beech Springs Road to Center Hill Highway, back to Great Hope Church Road on the southwest end.
- From Great Hope Church Road on the southwest end at Chinquapin Road, traffic will follow Great Hope Church Road to Center Hill Highway to Beech Springs Road, back to Great Hope Church Road on the east end.