Projects to replace four old bridges in high-traffic areas in a coastal North Carolina city could have an impact on traffic and business for years.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports that among the bridges to be replaced in Elizabeth City is one that serves as the main entry into town.
But all four bridges have very poor ratings, and three of them are more than 50 years old.
In March, the state plans to install new pilings and cross support beams under the 78-year-old Pasquotank River east bound bridge, a project that could take six weeks.
Eventually, the bridge will be replaced with a new $81.9 million span.
The Pasquotank River bridge is the city's main entry from the east.