New Bern Drawbridge Taking Longer Than Expected

People in New Bern may have to wait a little longer to get their new bridge to downtown. And that delay may start costing the contractor.

The Alfred Cunningham Drawbridge in New Bern was supposed to be done by November 1st. That target end date was pushed back to mid-December.

Now, the Department of Transportation says the expected completion date has been pushed back to mid-January.

Bridge engineer Johnny Metcalfe says if the contractor doesn't have the bridge open by December 12th then the state can start imposing liquidated damages.


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  • by Woodrow Location: New Bern on Oct 21, 2009 at 04:17 PM
    New Bern is one of the most dysfunctionally run cities I've ever seen. There's so much potential there without all the need for more development. We can only hope a new mayor and city council will get things better... notice I didn't say right, just better.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Oct 21, 2009 at 12:41 PM
    Well, I have to add, if they don't get all the details worked out/install it correctly, they will be blamed if something goes wrong. I believe they are also working around the two marinas, i.e. boats traveling into/out of the marinas must still be accommadated. Keep in mind how long you had to wait for a couple of sailboats to pass by the old bridge. As for the Broad St. improvements, I'm not sure why they did that, unless it makes downtown more 'Tourist Friendly'. Just for the record, New Bern, N.C. is a tourist attraction; no getting around that one. If it doesn't appeal to tourists, then there will be much less seasonal monetary intake for the merchants; same as with the local beaches. The locals learn to live with it, and the tourists bring in more monetary gain. If it were not for the historic/water front attraction to New Bern, it would still be kinda hokey pokey. I remember, cuz when I moved here from another big city way back in 1975,New Bern was nowheresville.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2009 at 06:43 AM
    It is pretty ridiculous how long this has taken. Now not only have they taken away the bridge but they are also making a complete mess of Broad Street for "beautification".
  • by Ben on Oct 21, 2009 at 04:26 AM
    This bridge has taken an enormous amount of time to replace. Must be DOT workers planning and doing their usual SLOW job.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2009 at 04:23 AM
    All the money used and people paying taxes, its time to get this on the ball and have it fixed.
  • by Mike on Oct 21, 2009 at 04:16 AM
    That area has always been under construction as long as I remember....Looks like a trash pit from the main bridge......
  • by me Location: nc on Oct 21, 2009 at 03:21 AM
    It'll be nice to get it back up and running.
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