The N.C. Department of Transportation is in the process of refining the design to replace the "S Bridge" (Bridge No. 8) over the Perquimans River on U.S. 17 Business/Church Street in Hertford. The department's preferred alternative – the recommended design – is Alternative B, which involves building a new swing-span bridge next to the current bridge.
Alternative B was selected because the Town of Hertford, the Town of Winfall and Perquimans County all currently support it. It is also expected to have less effect on the Hertford Historic District – which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places – than the Alternative D-Mod, the previously preferred alternative. Alternative D-Mod would have built a high-rise bridge that tied into Church Street near the existing bridge.
Finding of No Significant Impact Completed
In January 2018, NCDOT completed State Finding of No Significant Impact, an environmental document which found the project would have no significant impact on the environment.