Congestion Expected On New Bern's Twin Span Bridge

Drivers in New Bern should consider taking a detour to avoid congestion expected on the twin span bridge. A bridge painting project is scheduled for eastbound lanes of the US 70 Bridge in New Bern.

The project is scheduled to run from Wednesday at 7 a.m. through Saturday at 9 a.m. Two of three lanes will be closed to traffic during the painting project.

The NCDOT is recommending drivers use Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to avoid the congestion from the lane closures.


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  • by RdoubleD on Feb 16, 2011 at 04:04 PM
    Excellent. I hope to see lots of inmates out there with paint brushes earning there supper.
  • by Paige Location: New Bern on Feb 16, 2011 at 10:54 AM
    You'd do better during "rush hour" times to detour thru town. The Pembroke/Trent Woods overpass was done earlier this week, and at 6 pm it was a MESS! The signs were up before the 17/mall exit and many drivers were in such an itchin' hurry to zoom past and use the left lane to get ahead of everyone else.
  • by NEW BERN Location: NEW BERN on Feb 16, 2011 at 08:01 AM
    went by this morning nothing blocked at all on bridge it self
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Feb 16, 2011 at 05:47 AM
    It would help if they would put up one of those marqui-type signs to slow traffic down to say, 45MPH. I got caught running out of right-hand lane by orange traffic cones, the other day, and couldn't get out because the other drivers were still driving 65 on the left. There was no sign up either saying "bridge-work ahead; merge left".
  • by Anom on Feb 16, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    I loved living in New Bern. It was my favorate place ever to live.
  • by Jim Location: Trent Woods on Feb 16, 2011 at 05:33 AM
    Ah, you just go down BROAD street to the Cunningham bridge --- OOPS, it isn't BROAD any more, it is now NARROW Alley (thanks to the stupidity of the old city council) - get ready for major traffic jams.
  • by biker on Feb 16, 2011 at 05:01 AM
    I sure hope that they do not forget to paint the bike lanes on the bridge so that everyone can pass over it safely and quickly.
  • by Beach Bound on Feb 16, 2011 at 04:48 AM
    Thanks Clint. The article is definitely misleading for a lot of travelers.
  • by clint on Feb 16, 2011 at 04:44 AM
    MLK does not cross the river. You'll have to go down town and use the new draw bridge. You might do as well,time wise,to go through the traffic.
  • by Beach Bound on Feb 16, 2011 at 04:12 AM
    "The NCDOT is recommending drivers use Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to avoid the congestion from the lane closures." So will this detour get me on the other side of New Bern heading to Havelock for the beach?
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