Three bridges in Beaufort County will be replaced or improved in the coming months.
The state Department of Transportation awarded contracts to replace two bridges and improve another.
Construction can begin in June on a bridge on U.S. 264 over Pungo Creek that was built in 1925. NCDOT awarded the more than $1.8 million contract to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson. While the bridge is being replaced, the section of road will be closed. Traffic will be detoured onto Free Union Church and Jones Bridge roads. The road is expected to reopen to drivers by April 2022.
A contract was awarded to Caton Construction Group Inc. of Charlottesville, Virginia, to replace one bridge and complete improvements on another on U.S. 17 Business. This contact was awarded for $11.5 million. Work on both can begin as early as June and is scheduled to be complete in November 2023.
Crews will make improvements on the bridge over the Pamlico River, also built in 1925. During construction, two lanes will remain open. The other bridge that is part of this contact is over the Norfolk Southern Railroad, built in 1941, and will be replaced.
During construction, motorists will be detoured onto U.S. 17 to access either side.