Bridge expected to reopen this spring
Raleigh - Additional repairs began this week on the westbound U.S. 158/Elizabeth Street Pasquotank River Bridge in Elizabeth City. Crews with Archer Western Contractors LLC are rehabilitating this bridge, constructed in the 1970s, as part of a $58-million project that also included reconstructing U.S. 158/Elizabeth Street through downtown Elizabeth City and replacing the eastbound bridge over the Pasquotank River. The new eastbound bridge opened to traffic in May 2015 and the reconstruction of U.S. 158/Elizabeth Street was completed late last year.
The rehabilitation of the westbound bridge, which began soon after the eastbound bridge opened, includes painting the drawbridge leaves on the east and west side of the river, pouring a new concrete deck overlay, rewiring controls and replacing brakes and motors for the drawbridge leaves.
The entire project was originally scheduled for completion by fall 2015. As lead paint was being removed, two cracks in welds were found on the drawbridge span on the east side of the river. While the bridge was already closed to traffic and the cracks do not pose immediate threat to the traveling public, they do need to be fixed before the bridge reopens to traffic.
Both directions of traffic will continue to use the eastbound bridge to travel over the river.
The work should take two months to complete. Once these repairs are complete, crews will resume work on the drawbridge leaf on the west side of the river. Because the painting work is temperature and humidity dependent, crews had stopped painting this leaf to proceed with repairs on the drawbridge leaf on the east side of the river. However, crews did proceed with removing the paint on the west leaf to confirm that there were no cracks on that side.
Boat traffic will not be impacted during this work. The bridge is currently expected to open to traffic later this spring.
For real-time travel information, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.