New bridge over Slocum Creek expected to open on Monday


Barnhill Construction Company workers pave the surface of the new service road bridge over Slocum Creek earlier this week in Havelock. After months of delays, the bridge is expected to open on Monday.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 09:00 AM.

Believe it if you will, but the long-delayed new bridge over Slocum Creek is scheduled to open on Monday.

The bridge had been set to open on Friday with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony but Wednesday’s rain delayed work on the bridge.

“The weather has kind of pushed us back,” said Brad McMannen, engineer with the N.C. Department of Transportation. “We can’t pave with the road wet.”

McMannen said the contractor would likely spend all day Friday pouring the final coat of asphalt.

Built by Palmetto Construction, a South Carolina firm, the 325-foot bridge is part of a $2.8 million contract that included demolition of the old Church Road Bridge and reconfiguration of a portion of the road. The project was originally supposed to be finished in May, but a late start, weather delays and subcontractor issues have caused seven months in delays. According to NCDOT, Palmetto Construction has been assessed $98,400 in fines that will be subtracted from the contractor’s original bid price.

In the last week, workers have been paving, installing guardrail, smoothing slopes, installing road striping and going through a list in preparation for final inspection.

Havelock Commissioner Danny Walsh said planning for removal of the old bridge and construction of a new span next to U.S. 70 goes back to the 1970s when he was a member of the Havelock Planning Board.

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