Design–Build Contract Awarded
In December 2017, the N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a design-build contract to McClean Contracting Co. to build the Perquimans River Bridge.
After the design and permitting process, construction began in July 2019. Based on McClean's schedule, the bridge is expected to open to traffic by the summer of 2021.
The design-build method allows the design, environmental permitting, utility relocation and construction to take place under one contract, which reduces overall construction time, helps the department avoid cost inflation, lessens environmental impact, and alleviates driving delays for motorists.
Preferred Alternative Selected
In August 2016, following additional coordination with local governments and the State Historic Preservation Office, NCDOT decided to proceed with Alternative B, instead of Alternative D-Mod, because it is expected to have less effect on the Hertford Historic District.
The State Historic Preservation Office had expressed concerns regarding the effect of Alternative D-Mod on the Hertford Historic District.
Following a July 2014 meeting, NCDOT representatives received comments and petitions expressing support for Alternative B. Town and county governments express support for Alternative B, as well.
NCDOT refined the design, further reducing impacts in the Hertford Historic District.
Initial Alternative Identified
The environmental assessment for the project was completed in February 2013, and NCDOT held a public hearing in September 2013. Three alternatives were presented at the hearing.
Following the hearing, NCDOT selected Alternative D-Mod as the preferred alternative. At the time, Alternative D-Mod was expected to have “no adverse effect with commitments” on the Hertford Historic District.
Following selection of Alternative D-Mod, the public expressed concerns about the alternative as well as Alternative E.
The process to develop alternatives to study began in September 2007. NCDOT screened a combination of six bridge types on
seven alignments. They were narrowed to nine concepts to be presented to the public in April 2010.
As part of the planning process, NCDOT coordinated with the U.S. Coast Guard about the navigation needs on the river in the project area, which could be affected by the U.S. 17 Business swing-span bridge replacement. Boat owners were invited to fill out a survey, and the comments were taken into consideration.
NCDOT has previously reached out to the public through newsletters and postcards, three meetings with small groups, and citizens informational workshops/public meetings in April 2010, June 2011, August 2012 and November 2014.