RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured on
NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast.
New Hertford S-Bridge
The new Hertford S-Bridge is the replacement for an iconic landmark on U.S. 17 Business that had connected the communities of Hertford and Winfall since 1928, but was weakening due to its age.
On Saturday, the towns held a ribbon cutting and a Community Day to offer residents a chance to walk, bike and soak in the views from the new bridge, which leaders say will bring new opportunities to the region.
The new Hertford S-Bridge is expected to open to traffic in the coming weeks.
U.S. 17 Groundbreaking
Meanwhile, another section of the U.S. 17 corridor is getting a big upgrade in Martin and Beaufort counties.
Last week, local leaders and NCDOT officials broke ground on a new, $86 million project that will widen more than ten miles of U.S. 17.
It’s part of ongoing efforts to improve the highway, which is a vital transportation link for all of Eastern North Carolina.
Labor Day Weekend
Finally, of course, it’s Labor Day Weekend, the unofficial end of summer and a big travel weekend all over the country.
The American Automobile Association is expecting holiday travel to reach or exceed pre-pandemic levels.
To help ease travel over the holiday weekend, NCDOT is suspending most construction along interstates and U.S. routes from Sept. 2-6.
Drivers should be aware that they may still encounter closed or narrowed lanes and lane shifts where the type of work doesn’t allow for normal traffic patterns.
And work zone speed limits are still in effect even if crews are not working.
Before heading out of town, check road conditions at
DriveNC.gov for the most up-to-date traffic information.