Bad Bridges In North Carolina

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

AAA of the Carolina's has released its study on bridge conditions across the state. And the worst bridge in the east is a familiar one.

The Highway 17 bridge over New River in Onlsow County ranks as the seventh worst in the state.

In 2008 it was ranked fifth.

According to Triple A, the 66 year old bridge is set to be replaced later this year. About 30 percent of the state's bridges are considered substandard, ranking 40th in the nation.

The stimulus package provides the state $735 million for highway and bridge needs, but the state estimates the cost to replace all deficient bridges to be as high as $5 billion.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    It would be nice if WITN posted a link of study is located.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2009 at 05:00 AM
    Gentle Reader & Ben, You are correct. I read the article too fast. To say that I am a little on edge given the current situation is an understatement.
  • by Jonathan Location: Plymouth on Mar 13, 2009 at 04:37 AM
    I didn't see the list but the Bonner bridge should be number 1.
  • by Ben Location: Jacksonville on Mar 13, 2009 at 03:10 AM
    It helps if you read the article correctly. "The state estimates the cost to replace ALL deficient bridges to be as high as $5 billion." That would be all the deficient bridges in NC, NOT just the New River one on 17.
  • by Gentle Reader Location: Fuquay-Varina on Mar 13, 2009 at 02:59 AM
    Um, Anon ... perhaps this is an ideal time to gently remind you of the advantages gained by CAREFUL READING. Had you done so, you would have perceived that the article says the state estimates that the cost to replace ALL DEFICIENT BRIDGES may be as high as five billion dollars. The article does not offer a suggested cost for replacing ONLY the New River bridge.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2009 at 08:09 PM
    What a crock. The Feds start throwing the "T" word around like it is just another number and now the state starts throwing the "B" word around. Why in the hell should a bridge cost 5 billion?! The bridge crosses a river, not the Chesapeake Bay! It is 22 miles across the bay from Va.Beah Va. to Cape Charles from toll booth to toll both. It is 17 miles of actual water crossing. In 1999 (only 10 years ago) it cost 197 million (not billion) to add the second two lanes to that crossing. Now the State of NC says it is going to cost 5 BILLION to cross the New River? Hooey! That number is total B.S.! They are milking us to death! Liars! ALL OF THEM!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2009 at 07:35 PM
    The "new" bridge over the neuse in New Bern needs repair, and has since day one. North 17 on the Bridgeton side is like a roller coaster. I drive it every day, and I have to be careful not to loose control of my car. We can thank state employees for that. Now, let's talk more about their benefits and our tax dollars.

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