Project Overview and Purpose
The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to replace the Earl C. Davis Memorial Bridge (Bridge No. 73) and Bridge No. 96 – both of which connect the town of Straits on the mainland to Harkers Island. Both bridges touch down on a center island.
The bridges are each more than 45 years old and are due for replacement. Doing so would not only improve their structural capacity but also provide better access to and from the island in emergencies and during hurricane evacuations.
The N.C. Department of Transportation has identified four design options – referred to as alternatives – for replacing the Harkers Island bridges:
- Alternative 2 would involve replacing the existing bridges with two fixed-span bridges – one to the west of the Earl C. Davis Memorial Bridge (Bridge No. 73) and one to the east of Bridge No. 96 – that touch down on the center island.
- Alternative 3 would involve replacing the existing bridges with two fixed-span bridges – each to the east of the existing bridges – that touch down on the center island.
- Alternative 4 would involve replacing the existing bridges with one fixed-span bridge to the east of the existing bridges. The center island would have no roadway connection.
- Alternative 5 would involve replacing the existing bridges with one fixed-span bridge that would be east of the existing bridges. It is similar to Alternative 4 but would have an alignment swinging further east. The center island would have no roadway connection.
Each alternative would involve replacing the Earl C. Davis Memorial Bridge (Bridge No. 73) with a 45-foot-high fixed-span bridge, which will eliminate vehicular and vessel delays from bridge openings and closings.
Each of the alternatives can be built without requiring homes or businesses to relocate and without closing the existing bridges during construction.
Alternative 1 Eliminated
The N.C. Department of Transportation decided in June 2016 to remove from further study a design option referred to as Alternative 1, which would have included two fixed-span bridges, each located to the west of the existing bridges and touching down on the center island. The decision was based on other alternative designs as well as project feedback received at a public meeting in March 2016.
The N.C. Department of Transportation held a second public meeting on Harkers Island on March 2, 2017, at which time NCDOT representatives answered questions and received feedback from the community about the project.
NCDOT has been exploring options to incorporate and address concerns received during and after the meeting where and when feasible.
A summary of community feedback as well as responses to community comments on the project are available for review:
The maps and materials from the March 2, 2017, meeting are available below for review:
Public Meeting/Hearing Materials
The Harkers Island bridge replacements are listed in the current State Transportation Improvement Program as Project B-4863 and is funded for approximately $35.37 million. Current funding totals are listed in the below table.
|Project Development & Design
* Estimated costs are subject to change.
|Preferred Alternative Selection
|Environmental Document completed
|Right-of-Way acquisition begins
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change.
Maria Rogerson, P.E.
Division 2 Project Engineer
P.O. Box 1587
Greenville, NC 28735
Send a message
Meredith Van Duyn, P.E.
8601 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
Send a message
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.