Completion expected in early to middle July


Workers guide pieces of the new service road bridge across Slocum Creek into place last week. The bridge, originally expected to be open in May, now won’t likely be open until early or middle July.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 05:24 PM.

N.C. Department of Transportation officials said last week that completion of the new service road bridge across Slocum Creek will be later than first planned.

Brad McMannen, DOT assistant engineer, said the bridge would probably not open until early or middle July. Initially, the project was expected to be finished in May.

McMannen said the delay was caused at the very beginning of the project in October of last year when Progress Energy and Time Warner Cable had to remove poles and lines.

"That initial delay pushed everything back about a month and a half to two months," he said. "The only other hiccup was the bridge demolition. Trying to cut the pieces out took a while."

McMannen said Palmetto Contracting, which is doing construction, would not be fined for the delay since the company had no control over the delay.

The new span replaces the old Church Road Bridge, which had been in place since 1924 when Calvin Coolidge was president and the typical car was a Ford Model T. Bronze placards denoting the construction of the old bridge were donated to the city before the narrow concrete span was demolished.

The remaining concrete pieces of the bridge were taken to a waste pit despite plans that called for their use as part of the new roadbed for the relocated Church Road.

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