U.S. 17 Bridge In Jacksonville Opens After Bankruptcy Delay

A financially troubled bridge project here in Eastern Carolina is finally being completed.

This morning the D.O.T. opened up the rest of the Buddy Phillips Bridge in Jacksonville.

The nearly $12 million span carrying U.S. 17 over the New River was delayed last October when the contractor went bankrupt.

When Intercoastal Contracting filed for bankruptcy, the project was 20% ahead of schedule. The state had to hire another contractor to finish the work.

The four lane bridge was originally supposed to open July 5th.

The bridge was built in sections and traffic was limited to one lane in each direction. After one side was completed, traffic was shifted to it so the rest of the old bridge could be torn down.

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