RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 13, regarding a proposed project to replace the U.S. 17 Business/N.C. 37 causeway and bridge over the Perquimans River in Hertford.
The open house-style meeting will take place from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Perquimans County Community Center, located at 310 Granby Street in Hertford. A formal presentation will be given at 5:30 p.m. and NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and gather public input regarding the proposed project. Interested citizens may attend at any time during the open house hours.
The purpose of this project is to replace both the road and bridge to maintain a reliable, safe and direct connection from downtown Hertford to Winfall and northern Perquimans County. The bridge was constructed in 1929 and has been classified as Structurally Deficient and Functionally Obsolete. This means it has remained safe for use, but is in deteriorating condition and needs to be replaced. The bridge was also built to design standards that are no longer in use. More information on the need for the bridge replacement can be found on the project website.
Because of its condition, NCDOT posted a weight limit restricting single-axle vehicles weighing more than 17 tons and trucks weighing more than 24 tons from using the 85-year-old bridge. The new bridge will meet current design standards and will not have posted weight limits.
NCDOT representatives hosted a public hearing in September 2013 where they presented three alternatives to replace the current bridge. Following this hearing, NCDOT selected the fixed-span bridge, known as "Alternative D-Mod 33'" as the preferred alternative. Following a July 2014 Hertford Town Council meeting at which NCDOT attended and answered questions regarding this alternative, NCDOT was asked to present information at a future public hearing for a proposed swing-span bridge alternative, known as "Alternative B 15'."
NCDOT representatives will present current designs for both alternatives at this public meeting. The formal presentation at 5:30 p.m. will include an explanation of the location and design of each proposed alternative as well as 3D graphics. Project maps can be found on the NCDOT public meeting website.
For additional information, contact Joseph Miller from the NCDOT Project Development and Environmental Analysis Unit at 1548 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, 27699-1598, by phone (919) 707-6031, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to participate in this hearing. Anyone requiring special services should contact Joseph Miller as early as possible so that arrangements can be made. Persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.