NCDOT starts new traffic pattern near Surf City swing bridge

Surf City bridge construction (Photo: Jeff Wenzel/Facebook)

SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation officially shifted the traffic pattern to get to the Surf City Swing Bridge as contractors work on a round-a-bout for the new bridge.

Balfour Beatty and all the subcontractors for the new bridge are back to work in full production mode, after Hurricane Florence.

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Barricades sit along Roland Avenue right before the Swing Bridge on the mainland side of Surf City. Drivers must go around Roland Avenue near Atkinson Point Road in the new traffic pattern. Engineers talked to the community about this shift in April. 

NC DOT Engineer Trevor Carroll said the new traffic pattern is the official planned detour for contractors to construct the mainland side round-a-bout. They expect this round-a-bout construction to take 6-8 weeks for the mainland side.

Carroll said contractors also have to construct the round-a-bout on the island side. The location of the island side round-a-bout is on a vacant lot, therefore, the traffic shift on the island side will come immediately prior to opening the new bridge.

Carroll said they expect to announce the opening date once NCDOT & Balfour Beatty can project a more accurate target date.