Greenville - Starting on Monday, April 20, at 8:30 a.m., the
N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of N.C. 99 northeast of Pantego in Beaufort County for the replacement of the bridge over Pungo Creek Canal. The road is expected to reopen by the end of August, 2015.
The bridge was built in 1961 and is 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. A three-span bridge will be built to replace the existingstructure.
During construction, motorists should use Pike Road and Railroad Bend Road as a detour. This bridge is a part of an $8.3 million contract awarded to S. T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson to design and build 11 bridges in Pitt and Beaufort counties.
This project is part of the department's overall bridge program to improve the condition of the state's bridges. The existing bridge is reaching the end of its life cycle and needs to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands. The new bridge will accommodate all traffic, including trucks and emergency vehicles, as it will not be subject to the load restrictions of the current bridge. To learn more about the department's bridge program, please visit the
North Carolina Bridge Information web page.
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.
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