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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  • by Mike Location: Gville on Mar 17, 2010 at 01:23 PM
    It is my recollection that most of the dogs in Washington park seem to have more mannerism than the people hanging out on the streets in Washington...
  • by Acid Man Location: Washington, Pk on Mar 16, 2010 at 02:40 PM
    To LuvMyGrady. What Washington Park are you talking about? I live in the Park and find the neighbors an eclectic group.Lots of fun. Enjoy the dogs roaming free in the neighborhood. Not a "one size fits all town". Do agree that Grady White boats are terrific.
  • by dog house 1954 Location: vanceboro n.c. on Mar 16, 2010 at 03:20 AM
    i am a retired construction worker i have been doing rebar and concrete for 40 years and i think they are doing a very good job.
  • by BB Location: Washington on Mar 16, 2010 at 02:53 AM
    To Waiting. Those of us on Clarks Neck Road can feel what you are feeling. Those people did the little bridge at Moss Landing. My gosh the by-pass bridge was completed before that little bridge. Those people are the worst I've ever seen. We would ride the boat by there and they were sitting on buckets doing nothing. Work half day and gone. I have felt your pain.
  • by BoBo the 1 legged Clown Location: NC on Mar 16, 2010 at 12:18 AM
    The by pass is not meant to save 10 minutes as many here have said. It is to save wear and tear of the in town roads by semi's. So yes in the long run it will safe you tax money, money not spent on repaving. If so may Washington residents were not so narrow minded they could see benefits in many things. But alas it is much better to whine and complain.
  • by LuvMyGrady on Mar 15, 2010 at 08:57 PM
    Tm C-Washington Park sucks. The people there are ridiculous. Dont walk on my grass, dont look at my yard, I am better than you. I say remove the bridge so people won't be tempted to drive over there.
  • by walker on Mar 15, 2010 at 08:00 PM
    I sure hope that they did not forget to include the sidewalks and bike lanes that they usually forget and then have to add later on at a much higher cost.
  • by Rusty Shackleford on Mar 15, 2010 at 06:59 PM
    It's funny how Washington wanted no one at the mall in the 1980's and ran them to the waterfront. Now that it is trying to be the in-thing, the young kids aren't wanted there either. Perhaps if the owners of downtown businesses would quit parking in parking spaces specifically signed for retail customers (yes I have proof), they would get some business and stop blaming it on a bypass. Did you ever think lack of more business may be from lack of decent parking downtown? And now they want to build a hotel in a parking lot? This bypass will get Virginians who never go under 45 mph and weren't going to stop anyway as well as large trucks out of town. And FYI, the Washington Park bridge had to be built with railing that matched the existing arches on the old bridge for historical purposes. Stop blaming the contractors, they are doing the job they bid for. Concrete takes time to cure. Patience is a virtue, try it sometime. Washington would be much nicer.
  • by me2 on Mar 15, 2010 at 04:15 PM
    To anonymous We have the Mecca, King Chicken, the VIP, NiteCap, the Rebel and the friendly folks at Bill's Hot Dogs === Oh wait never mind! I'd bypass too if I didn't live here. You're not from Vanceboro by any chance are you?
  • by waiting Location: washinton on Mar 15, 2010 at 03:35 PM
    the people working on the park bridge must be working by the HOUR with nothing to do when they finish
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