ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — A large-scale concrete pour began Friday morning at the site of the new eastbound Pasquotank River drawbridge in Elizabeth City.
Construction crews with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and Archer Western Contractors LLC began placing approximately 2,600 cubic yards of concrete through a series of pumps that extend to the bottom of the river — enough concrete to pave a 12-foot-wide, 3.5-mile-long driveway.
The work is part of a $57 million project to reconstruct Elizabeth Street/U.S. 158 between Water Street and North Road Street, as well as replace the eastbound drawbridge bridge over the Pasquotank River.
The concrete pour is expected to take about 30 hours, ending sometime Saturday afternoon. Currently, all traffic is using the westbound bridge in a two-lane, two-way pattern. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays.
The U.S. 158 road reconstruction project is scheduled for completion in June 2015, with the new eastbound bridge opening to traffic this summer.