Bridge Project To Close Link Between Washington & Washington Park For 15 Months

The bridge connecting Washington and Washington Park in Beaufort county will close in June for the next 15 months.

The Department of Transportation awarded a 2.8-million dollar contract to replace the bridge over Runyon Creek on Highway 32 near Haven's Gardens.

The contract was awarded to Sanford Contractors Inc. of Sanford.

Work is scheduled to begin as early as June 1, with final completion no later than Dec. 31, 2010. Work cannot be scheduled prior to this date due to environmental moratorium that prevents work in water.

The bridge will be closed to traffic and a detour will be in place. Motorists traveling east on N.C. 32 will turn left on Hudnell Street (State Road 1352), right on U.S. 264 and right on Brick Kiln Road (S.R. 1303) back to N.C. 32. Westbound motorists will follow the reverse route around the construction site.


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  • by Jimmy-Thad Location: Winterville on Mar 25, 2009 at 06:06 PM
    There is no need for Hwy 32 to go down River Road in the first place. It should not turn at 3rd street but continue to 5th street and turn right there and continue to Douglas Crossroads.
  • by WITN Moderator Location: WITN on Mar 25, 2009 at 03:23 PM
    Dorothy- Please make sure to use proper capitalization with all future posts. We generally reject posts in all caps because they are harder to read and can be interpreted as "SHOUTING". Thanks.
  • by DOROTHY Location: WASHINGTON on Mar 25, 2009 at 02:06 PM
    REF TO DETOUR DUE TO BRIDGE AT HAVENS GARDENS. I HOPE A TRAFFIC SIGNAL WILL BE INSTALLED AT BRICK KILN AND HWY 264 OR THERE WILL BE A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH TRAFFIC AND A LOT OF UPSET PEOPLE BEING LATE FOR WORK. NO ONE WANTS TO USE THE MIDDLE LANE ON 264 NOW AS IT IS. DON'T PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHAT THE MIDDLE LANE IS USED FOR? I DON'T GO THAT WAY JUST FOR THE FACT THAT I HAVE HAD TO WAIT FOR UP TO 30 MINS. TO GET OUT WITH JUST A FEW CARS IN FRONT OF ME. WHAT IS IT GOING TO BE LIKE WHEN EVERYONE HAS TO GO THAT WAY? I FORESEE MAJOR "ROAD RAGE" AHEAD. ALREADY THERE ARE NUMEROUS ACCIDENTS ON A CONSTANT BASIS ON THE RIVER ROAD AND BRICK KILN INTERSECTION END. WITHOUT A TRAFFIC SIGNAL, BOTH ENDS WILL BE A WRECK ZONE! I HOPE THE NEEDED PRECAUTIONS ARE TAKEN BEFORE SOMEONE GETS KILLED. THERE IS TIME TO TAKE CARE OF THIS BEFORE THE DETOUR BEGINS. I HOPE THE RIGHT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THIS CONCERN. THANK YOU
  • by sawthelight Location: boco on Mar 25, 2009 at 12:10 PM
    a light will be going up soon at brick kiln and 264. the conduit for the traffic signal is already under the road and they have put vehicle sensors in the asphalt already.
  • by MiMi Location: Washington on Mar 25, 2009 at 10:34 AM
    They definately need a light at Brick Kiln & 264...but they also need one at Brick Kiln & River Road and also at Asbury Church Road and 264...all very dangerous intersections!
  • by Mary Location: New Bern on Mar 25, 2009 at 10:11 AM
    They should not stop the traffic over the Washington Park bridge until a traffic light is erected at the 264-Brick Kiln Road intersection. A lot of older folks and teen drivers may take chances and pull out in front of people without this light. The speed limit should be limited to 45 mph through that section anyway. I know of a few people have been broad-sided and rear-ended on that hwy, two of whom have been killed.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    Have they ever finished the bridge on 32 at Broad Creek?
  • by B Location: Washington on Mar 25, 2009 at 06:46 AM
    While I understand the bridges needed attention is it really necessary to start on another bridge before others are completed. Those of us on Clarks Neck Road which is right at the county line of Pitt and Beaufort have been inconvienced long enough for such a small bridge. When will it be completed. And now I understand they will start on Grimesland Bridge Road at the end of this month.
  • by GoPirates Location: GVegas on Mar 25, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    If this does affect the boat ramp, that will in turn, affect backwater Jacks restuarant. That really sucks for them too, I like them!!
  • by T Location: Washington on Mar 25, 2009 at 06:35 AM
    Boats with T tops will have ample clearance. The boat ramps will remain open, however parking trailers will be reduced. That kinda sucks, but I guess that comes with the territory. At least we will have a new bridge. I spoke with one of the engineers for the DOT, and he was very helpful with my questions, however I did not ask him about the light on Brick Kiln.
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