New Slocum Creek bridge could be completed by middle of May

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Pilings for the new service road bridge across Slocum Creek are reflected in the water. Though initially expected to be completed by late summer, the new bridge could now be open by the middle of May.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 06:18 PM.

The new service road bridge over Slocum Creek in Havelock could be open by the middle of May, rather than late summer, according to an official.

Brad McMannen, division 2 assistant resident engineer in the New Bern office of the N.C. Department of Transportation, said a month-long delay at the start of construction hasn’t been a huge hindrance to construction workers.

Though DOT officials initially expected a late-summer opening, the construction contract on the bridge calls for Palmetto Construction to complete work and have the bridge open by May 15.

McMannen said he did not think that would be a problem.

"They’ve driven piles on one bent on the west side of the creek. They plan on next week driving piles on the east side of the creek," McMannen said. "They are trying to get all the in-water piles in before Feb. 15 before the in-water moratorium comes into effect.

"Any part of the work that touches water, because of a fish moratorium, they can’t do it after Feb. 15."

The removal of power lines and poles initially caused a delay in the start of construction of the bridge in October. However, work has continued at the site nearly around the clock since, with dirt being brought in to help shore up the east side of the creek the most noticeable addition up to now.



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