- Construction begins: March 8, 2016 (preliminary work began in February 2016)
- New bridge scheduled to open to traffic: November 2018
- Demolition of existing bridge: November 2018–September 2019
- Project scheduled to be completed: September 2019
The bridge is designed and constructed in five different zones. Construction will start at the south end approach, north end approach and navigation. Once the north and south approaches are completed, work will begin on the sections that will connect each end with the navigation zone (the high rise).
What to Expect During Construction
- Daytime lane closures should be expected on N.C. 12 beginning at 7 a.m. on Mondays until 3 p.m. on Fridays Sept. 16 through June 14 for the duration of construction.
- Daytime lane closures are not allowed from June 15 through Sept. 15; however, nighttime lane closures are allowed Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning.
- One lane will remain open during lane closures; however, motorists should allow extra travel time. The open travel lane will not have any width restrictions for emergency vehicles.
- Short, nighttime road closures for up to 30 minutes for deliveries may be needed. Advance notice will be given in these situations. Closures will be timed in order to reduce travel impacts as much as possible.
- Lane closures also are restricted on certain days around holiday travel.
- NCDOT is working with the U.S. Coast Guard and the local boating community to keep them informed of construction activities and potential impacts to the navigation span at the existing bridge. Any impacts to navigation will be to ensure the safety of boaters and will be for short periods of time.
- First pile driven: May 10, 2016
- First girder set: September/October 2016
- All piles driven: Expected in January 2018
- Construction 50 percent complete: Expected in June/July 2017