Washington Bypass & New Bern Bridge Could Open This Weekend

The Department of Transportation says it hopes to have the U.S. 17 Washington bypass opened by the end of the week.

The $200-million project had its ribbon cutting last month, but cold and wet weather delayed the actual opening to traffic.

DOT division construction engineer Eddie Eatmon says they need three good dry days with temperatures above 50 degrees for 12 hours to finish.

Pavement markings have delayed the opening. Eatmon says with cold weather returning Tuesday there's a 50/50 chance of an opening on Saturday. He says if not this Saturday, then the 6.8 mile bypass should be open the next Saturday.

Another big project here in Eastern Carolina should also open this weekend. The much-delayed Alfred Cunningham draw bridge in New Bern is still on target to open. DOT division engineer Neil Lassiter says the bridge ribbon cutting is scheduled for March 22nd at 11:00 a.m.

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