Project Map

Project Map

Project Map

Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Construction
  • County: Carteret
  • Type of Project: Widening on new location and bridge replacement
  • STIP Number: R-3307
  • Estimated Cost: Construction: $66.4 million
  • Construction Start: March 2014
  • Completion Date: Early 2019
US70 Gallants Bridge

Project Overview and Purpose

The N.C. Department of Transportation is replacing the existing bascule bridge on U.S. 70 over Gallants Channel in Beaufort with a 65-foot fixed-span bridge to help improve traffic in the area. Work also involves widening U.S. 70 to four lanes with a median on a new location, and building a bridge on Turner Street

The improvements will improve traffic flow on U.S. 70, which will eliminate traffic delays due to bridge openings.

The $66.4 million construction project, contracted to Conti Enterprises, Inc. of Edison, N.J., began March 25, 2014, and is scheduled for completion in early 2019.

Project Highlights

  • The existing drawbridge will be replaced on new alignment with a 65-foot high fixed-span bridge.
  • U.S. 70 is being rerouted from downtown Beaufort to a new location.
  • The existing culverts under Turner Street are being replaced with a bridge. Sidewalks along both sides of Turner Street will connect downtown Beaufort to the new U.S. Highway 70.

News and Updates

  • The channel span installation began June 1, 2016, reducing the channel's navigable height to 65 feet.
  • Traffic will be placed on the newly constructed bridge on January 27, 2018.
  • The existing bascule drawbridge over Gallants Channel will be closed to traffic on January 27, 2018.
  • Turner Street was closed in June 2015, and work to replace the culvert pipes with a new bridge is in progress and should be completed by April 1, 2018.
  • The final four-lane traffic pattern for the new alignment of U.S. 70 is expected to be in place by June 2018.
  • Removal of the old bascule drawbridge is expected to be complete by June 2018.

Contact Information

Brad McMannen, P.E.
Resident Engineer
(252) 514-4759
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209 S. Glenburnie Road
New Bern, NC 28560

Bill Kincannon, P.E.
Division Construction Engineer
(252) 439-2840
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PO Box 1587
Greenville, NC 27835

Preston Hunter, P.E.
Division Engineer
(252) 775-6100
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2815 Rouse Road Extension
Kinston, N.C. 28504

Resources for Local Property Owners

Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.