D.O.T. Cuts Ribbon On Unfinished Washington Bypass

State highway officials are in Washington today to dedicate and cut the ribbon on the long awaited U.S. 17 Bypass. But drivers will have to wait several weeks longer to actually use the new $198-million bypass.

The D.O.T. had hoped the 6.8 mile long project would have been completed in time for the ribbon cutting, but cold weather has delayed that until next month. A D.O.T. spokeswoman says they decided to go ahead with the ceremony because invitations had already gone out. The D.O.T. says ribbon cuttings without an actual opening have happened before, but could not say when that last happened with a major project.

New Bern's new drawbridge bridge across the Trent River was also supposed to have a ceremony today, even though it too is not ready. City officials there told the D.O.T. it wanted the ceremony to actually coincide with the bridge opening.

The Washington bypass, which includes a 3-mile long bridge, is actually eight months ahead of its original completion date.


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  • by Anne Landers Location: Greenville on Feb 28, 2010 at 07:07 AM
    I wonder why some of the ignorants breed. Someone gives you people convenience and state of the art roadways AHEAD OF SCHEDULE and there are still unappreciative souls. Why can't you say "thanks" instead of "They spent $198 million on a 6.8 mile bypass that will save you maybe 10 mins on your travel time... Are you serious?" It was obviously not built for you, cool guy. It was built for people passing through. BYPASS. Jacksonville has one too. Its not a shorter way, its just a road without lights and a convenient way to "pass by" the city-for whomever chooses to use it, whether you live in the area or not. If you have ever ventured out of your caves, you will understand that a long trip gets a little annoying when you have to add an hour to your trip due to stopping at stoplights and letting pedestrians cross. Wow. Just wow... I DO want to say thank you. I am sure there are countless others who might not say it, but when they drive on that bridge, they will say "This is nice!"
  • by Me Location: Here on Feb 27, 2010 at 01:57 PM
    I wonder how they can finish such a big project so far ahead of schedule,and that little bridge in NB isn't done yet
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 27, 2010 at 07:05 AM
    Hood and Stan told me to tell you guys ..They'll be there when the Bypass is complete, morons. lol Don't quote me on that ;)
  • by John Location: Grimesland on Feb 27, 2010 at 02:49 AM
    I love the south. Ribbon cutting ceremonies have more meaning when the project is actually done. Looking back at the work done on firetower leads me to believe this project will still drag on for some time.
  • by conttractor on Feb 26, 2010 at 06:28 PM
    Contractors DO NOT design what goes into a project, engineers do, without exception, on a project of this size! Contractors are then 'CONTRACTED', hello, to build the project as designed.
  • by irate Location: Greenville on Feb 26, 2010 at 05:57 PM
    To Hans Gruber - I am still LMAO!!
  • by Vance on Feb 26, 2010 at 05:17 PM
    Jeff,I agree. Go youtube Steven Crowder Obama peace price.WONDERFUL!
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Feb 26, 2010 at 04:08 PM
    I hadn't seen anything so backwards since Obama got the Nobel prize. There's no meaning to this ceremony.... a complete waste of my tax dollars. Ribbon cutting should be held off until the job is complete.
  • by to BC taxpayer on Feb 26, 2010 at 03:51 PM
    That's not fair. How do you know that Hood and Stan weren't busy? I know for a fact that Hood was out surveying and Stan was rebuilding his office on blocks.
  • by BC taxpayer on Feb 26, 2010 at 02:38 PM
    Hood and Stan Deatherage should be ashamed. Most local politicians were there. Messrs. Langley, Klemm, Booth, and Cayton attended the ceremony. McRoy was not there because he is an accountant and this is his busy time of the year. Hood and Stan have disrespected the Futrell family and all the citizens of BC by their boycott of the ceremony. I don't care if they did not agree with ABF's politics. They should have had the decency to attend as representatives of BC. No vote for them next election. Pitiful !!!!
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