After months of construction, the new Grimesland bridge over the Tar River opened to traffic Monday afternoon. The road was shut down last week so crews could tie in the new bridge with the existing highway.
The road is a heavily traveled cut-through between Highway 33 and Highway 264 in Pitt County.
For nearly two years crews have been building a new single high-rise bridge over the Tar River that will eliminate two old bridges, one which was a swing bridge. Cost for the project is around $16 million.
The bridges have been closed many times over the past several years because of deteriorating conditions.