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Contractor chosen to replace Harkers Island bridges

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded contracts to replace the swing-span Earl C. Davis Memorial Bridge…

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded contracts to replace the swing-span Earl C. Davis Memorial Bridge and Bridge No. 96, both of which connect the Straits township shown at top to Harkers Island. Photo: Mark Hibbs

A contract has been awarded to replace the two bridges that connect the Straits township on the mainland to Harkers Island in Carteret County.

The state Department of Transportation officials said in the announcement Thursday about the scheduled bridge replacements that work on both should begin in late summer, around the Labor Day holiday. The contractor is expected to complete work and shift traffic to the new structures in the fall of 2025.

The contract was awarded to the lowest bidder, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc. of Atlanta for nearly $60 million.

The bridges are more than 50 years old and are due to be replaced. With the new bridges, capacity will be improved and there will also be better access to and from the island in emergencies and hurricane evacuations, officials said.

More information about construction is on the NCDOT project webpage and real-time travel information is at DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

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