New bridge over Slocum Creek expected to open on Monday

Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 09:00 AM.

“I waited over 40 years for this moment,” said Walsh. “I’ll probably be the proudest papa of a baby in this town.

“Just the bridge by itself is fantastic but the fact that we were able to tie it to the waterfront park is a bonus. It will bring a lot of traffic for a lot of the businesses that are there. The original concept was to get the people off 70 using the access roads that we already have available.”

The new bridge will be an important connector for businesses on either side of the creek, Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders said..

“It’s a win, win, win as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “The businesses along that road have suffered long enough, and hopefully they will benefit from this increased traffic.”

JJ’s Texas BBQ, located on the service road just a few hundred yards from the bridge, opened in the spring when the span was supposed to be open. Co-owner John Price said he had been looking forward to the new bridge.

“I think it’s going to be great for business. I think it’s going to be fantastic,” he said. “I think having traffic flow from that side of town, instead of having people get off, and have to go around on the highway will be an improvement. I think having the service road open from one end of the town will make for easy access, not just for my business but for all the businesses.”

Havelock City Planner Katrina Marshall called the bridge’s opening a “good thing.”

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