After more than six months, River Road reopens

New Bridge over Lords Creek (Photo: NCDOT)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After six months of bridge construction and setbacks due to weather, River Road in New Hanover County is finally open.

Drivers are now able to travel on a new and better bridge over Lords Creek.

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The new bridge, which officially opened this afternoon, is elevated to minimize flooding, wider to accommodate designated bike lanes, has a new concrete riding surface to reduce future maintenance costs and adds various other safety improvements.

“Both motorists and bicyclists can now benefit from a safer and more functional bridge,” said Al Edgerton, bridge program manager for the N.C. Department of Transportation in the six counties that comprise Division 3.

Monday morning, engineers performed a walk through and went through a punch list of minor things that still need to be done.

Work on the $ 1.6 million bridge project started in November, 2017. The original bridge was built in 1974 and the NCDOT said improvements were needed to meet current safety standards and reduce maintenance costs.