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Adjustments Made to Relieve Traffic Congestion in Beaufort

Drawbridge on the eastbound side to reopen

GREENVILLE – The N.C. Department of Transportation is making adjustments in the Beaufort area in response to concerns from residents regarding extra travels times since shifting traffic to the new Gallants Channel Bridge.

To allow for more convenient access to downtown Beaufort until the Turner Street bridge project is complete, the department is reopening the drawbridge for eastbound traffic on U.S. 70. The Turner Street bridge is anticipated to open by April 1. Drivers will turn right on Radio Island Road, follow Old Causeway Road to Pivers Island and turn right onto the bridge.

The department also has remarked the lanes on U.S. 70 eastbound at N.C. 101 to provide an eastbound right turn lane onto the portion of N.C. 101 that goes into Beaufort. Additionally, adjustments were made to the timing and the phasing of the traffic signals at N.C. 101 and U.S. 70 and at N.C. 101 at Live Oak (Old U.S. 70). Westbound U.S. 70 drivers will be able to turn left onto Live Oak.  Motorists on Live Oak will turn right onto U.S 70 East.

“When a new traffic pattern is put in place, there can be unintended effects on traffic,” said DOT Division 2 Engineer Preston Hunter. “Sometimes, we need to adjust these interim traffic patterns to restore an acceptable flow of traffic. That’s why the department monitors traffic and makes adjustments as needed.”

Most of these adjustments will be made over the next several days. Drivers should expect to encounter intermittent lane closures and temporary traffic shifts. Transportation officials urge motorists to drive carefully through the work zones.

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7/10/2018 7:35 AM

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