A bridge built in 1925 crossing Pungo Creek on U.S. 264 in Beaufort County is set to be demolished and replaced with a wider and longer structure.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Tuesday plans to begin construction Monday. Work is expected to continue through next summer.
During construction, traffic will be detoured onto Jones Bridge and Free Union Church roads. Drivers should take the detour into account when planning their commute and use caution when near the work zone.
NCDOT officials recommend as an alternate route to Belhaven, Pantego or other points east N.C. 92 off U.S. 264 and continue on N.C. 99 to Belhaven or take Seed Tick Neck Road to return to U.S. 264. For motorists travelling to Washington from Belhaven or Pantego, use N.C. 99 in Belhaven or take U.S. 264 to Seed Tick Neck Road from the Pantego area.
This alternate route is only a few miles longer but will provide drivers traveling between Washington and Belhaven/Pantego another option to the signed detour route that will be in place, according to NCDOT.