The boat ramp at Slocum Creek off U.S. 70 in Havelock is scheduled to close Tuesday and remain closed until construction of the new service road bridge is complete.


The boat ramp at Slocum Creek off U.S. 70 in Havelock is scheduled to close Tuesday and remain closed until construction of the new service road bridge is complete.



The city announced the closure of the boat ramp late Monday.



The closure comes as work continues on the bridge, which was originally scheduled to open on May 23. Last month, the Department of Transportation announced that the bridge was unlikely to open until late this month or early in September. The DOT has tentatively planned for the bridge to be open by Labor Day, which is Sept. 2. 



The bridge is replacing the old Church Road Bridge, which was constructed in 1924 and had been rated by the DOT as the worst bridge in Havelock.



Palmetto Construction of Charleston, S.C., was awarded a $2.8 million contract to tear down the old bridge, construct the new one, and reconfigure Church Road to intersect the new bridge just east of Slocum Creek near the old Wendy’s restaurant.



The new bridge connects the service road on the west side of the creek in front of the Hampton Inn and the service road on the east side of the creek near Tim Newton Auto Sales. The new bridge is to have lights and contain a pedestrian path.