The Earl C. Davis Memorial Bridge, right, is still in use Wednesday as the only route for motorists on and off of Harkers Island, while construction continues on its replacement, in this photo by Dylan Ray.
The state is replacing both the Earl C. Davis Bridge and Bridge No. 96, each of which is more than a half-century old and together link Harkers Island to the mainland with a short island causeway in between. The $68 million project began construction in 2021 and is expected to be complete in early 2025.
The old drawbridge was named in December 1988 in honor of the county native who was instrumental, according to county records, in getting built the bridge and the one it had replaced. He also played leading roles in providing phone, water and electric services to Harkers Island and the creation of an outpatient clinic here.