Here We Go Again: Grimesland Bridge Road Closed

According to the NC DOT, the Grimesland Bridge Road is closed and will not reopen until January 15.

The road is closed for maintenance and repairs, as crews work to replace the bridge.

The detour is 23 miles.

The road has been closed numerous times over the past year or so after an accident damaged the bridge. In February 2009, a hole appeared in the bridge.

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  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Jan 9, 2010 at 09:02 AM
    I feel like many tax dollars were being wasted putting a band aid on something that needed to be replaced altogether. That's one heck of a detour.
  • by Distraught DOT Wife Location: on Jan 9, 2010 at 05:45 AM
    being on the inside scoop with the DOT, it is mighty funny the posting on that bridge was dropped a year ago due to malfunctions that were never solved. inspectors came back and finally closed it down until things were corrected. sounds like someone in upper management dropped the ball and the public has to once again suffer for this. also wondering why no work has been done on beaufort county bridges in a while, guess that is because beaufort county crew is in pitt county taking up their slack. Wonder what happens when inspectors hit beaufort county, then we really will see some bridge closings. Since no one has worked on them in a year. Other counties seem to be holding their own but pitt county cant.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Jan 9, 2010 at 02:34 AM
    One thing that impresses me in this state is just how many roads there are. As someone who just loves to drive, I think it's brilliant how many ways there are between just about any point A and point B in Eastern NC. But the handling of the Tar River out here is just bad. We have Hwy. 17, then Grimesland Bridge Road, then Hwy. 264. There really need to be a couple other ways across. It is just ridiculous to have to go that far out of your way when compared with the convenience of other roads. Grimesland Bridge Road is a fine road for driving, it just needs to be wider, and safer. We had some militant anti-automobile cyclists causing trouble out there over the summer. I think some of them were trying to become statistics. Real sad.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Jan 8, 2010 at 07:16 PM
    I'm so glad the new bridge is being built. The old one is just that, old. In general, I'm just impressed with the new bridge on Grimesland Bridge road and the new big bridge and overpass being built between Washington and along Hwy 17 in Chocowinity. It's really changing the face of this area.
  • by PE Location: Greenville on Jan 8, 2010 at 12:27 PM
    The Bridges will be reopened later this evening.
  • by PE Location: Greenville on Jan 8, 2010 at 11:02 AM
    To: Citizen Apparently you do not drive by the project 7am through 6pm on Monday-Friday Oh and for you information projects are bid with a set monetary value on a set timeline so as long as the project is completed during the alotted contract time it does not cost tax payers anymore.
  • by fedup Location: grimesland on Jan 8, 2010 at 10:31 AM
    what a bunch of whiners!! so some of you are inconvenienced, big deal. get up a little earlier and you'll be fine!
  • by citizen on Jan 8, 2010 at 10:14 AM
    it's funny everytime i go by no one is out there working. they need to go ahead and get that bridge done and it may not be as much money for the state to spend in the long run. it's riduculous how long it takes them to do something.
  • by PE Location: Greenville on Jan 8, 2010 at 10:01 AM
    To whom it may concern the work being done on the bridge is no way related to the prime contractor constructing the new bridge. It is an NCDOT emergency repair on the smaller bridge due to a problem discovered during a routine inspection. To Pablo paving a road is alot less labor intensive than constructing a new bridge and the project is currently well ahead of schedule. So to whomever cringes when the meet an on coming semi or school bus on the narrow bridges just remember how nice it will be when the structure is complete.
  • by Beth Location: Between 264 and 33 on Jan 8, 2010 at 09:52 AM
    Thanks so much Lisa for saying they have shut it down! It's a major road for traffic back and forth between Washington and Grimesland. The bridges are small and treachous driving over them, but for those of us that live on that road and travel it everyday, it's a major upset to know that we either have to drive around through Washington or through Greenville to get to the other side!!!! (25 min drive around either way)! We have teachers that live over the bridge that drive to Whitfield, Hope or Conley and its just unreal having to drive around that far. They are in the works of constructing new bridges to be used and 2012 can not get here fast enough. Please think before you make comments about I'm glad they closed it. You are from Chocowinity ..... you don't have to drive on that road.
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