Road Work To Begin In Bridgeton

Starting Monday, drivers in Craven County will have to be aware of work crews who starting to widen a small section of Highway 17 in Craven County.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation says its crews will start road work Monday in Bridgeton, where they will be widening Highway 17 between Mills St. and the railroad tracks. The section is .6 miles long.

Work includes widening the existing two-lane highway to four lanes divided by a median.

During construction, traffic will be maintained in a two-way, two-lane pattern. Once the new lanes are completed, traffic will be rerouted to the new lanes while the old lanes are rehabilitated.

The project is projected to cost $3.1 million dollars and will be completed by PLT Construction Co. of Wilson.

The work is slated to be completed by November 1, 2012.

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  • by James Location: New Bern on Nov 16, 2010 at 02:20 AM
    Clifton, the price isn't all that bad. If you remember the connector between 70 and 43 by Bosch... $ 14.2 million per mile. Highway 17 needs to be 4 laned all the way through NC. This should have happened years ago. Personally I'm glad to see it getting closer and closer. It's terrible trying to get onto hwy 17 in the afternoon. On the other hand I'm all with ya on the obama handouts. I think if the state managed their money better, cut out all their own handouts.... NC wouldn't be dependant on the feds for highway funds. Uncle Sam always holds stated hostage because they fund so many highway projects... they manipulate the states to get what the fed wants.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Nov 15, 2010 at 05:10 PM
    OK all you know it all's. Go ahead and let them spend your money. I have seen bigger projects consume less money. I take that those who think it's fine to spend THAT much money on such a SHORT didtance, must be on the Obamawagon. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Spend it all now. We will not need it later. DO IT. DO IT. DO IT. It's only 3 million dollars. All of you just remember who is footing the bill. EACH AND EVERY PERSON WHO WORKS. It's amazing how many people think like Obama. HANDOUT. HANDOUT. HANDOUT. What a crock.
  • by To Clifton Location: Greenville on Nov 15, 2010 at 10:27 AM
    You are apparently an expert on road construction. Perhaps you should offer to build the road for less money and in less time. Pretty sure the low bidder won the job. Also this is not a resurfacing project it is building 2 new lanes and a median from the ditches to the asphalt. Stop being such a pessimist.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Nov 15, 2010 at 09:26 AM
    this road is part of my commute. I will be happy when it is finished. The price tag seems steep. But there is a lot of prep work involved and the best bidder won the job. .6 miles is a lot of road.
  • by To Clifton: on Nov 15, 2010 at 07:48 AM
    Maybe you should have bid on the project, Clifton. It's good that they're planning to rehabilitate the old road. It's had problems with "cracks" and "pot" holes for years.
  • by Goober Location: ENC on Nov 15, 2010 at 04:51 AM
    2 years for .6 mile!!! It must be a part time job for PTL. OH, I just figured it out!!! They will start and end their work day at the usual time, but have to drive to and from Wilson on the clock each day.
  • by Clifton Location: Wahington on Nov 15, 2010 at 03:39 AM
    3.1 million dollars and two years for a half mile stretch of road????????? I smell a rat . These figures just don't add up.

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