Gallants Channel Bridge set to open to two lanes of traffic in early 2018
The Town of Beaufort sent a resolution to NCDOT requesting the new Gallants Channel Bridge opening be delayed until the Turner Street Bridge could also be opened.
The Town received a letter of response that states "The Department has reviewed your request and looked at the potential impacts that it would have...we have concluded the prudent course of action would be to proceed with opening two lanes of traffic on the new bridge after the first of the year and proceed with closing the existing draw bridge, so that the final tie-ins can be made."
The letter states that Conti Enterprises has given their assurance that they will be able to complete the tie-ins and complete the work on Turner Street to allow all of it to be opened prior to April 1, 2018.
"While the Department is sensitive to the concerns of the Town and the Business Community, we believe that this will result in the least overall impacts to the project and the community," states the letter signed by Preston Hunter, Division Engineer.