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All lanes on Elizabeth City Bridge now open

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Posted at 4:59 PM, Jul 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-02 16:59:35-04

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – Crews completed the final phase of the U.S. 158/Elizabeth Street Bridge rehabilitation project Friday.

The bridge is now open to full traffic flow.

The project began in 2011 and included the rehabilitation of two bridges that cross the Pasquotank River.

The $62.2 million project included rehabilitating the westbound bridge, reconstructing U.S. 158/Elizabeth Street through downtown Elizabeth City and replacing the eastbound bridge over the Pasquotank River.

The eastbound bridge opened in May 2015.

“I’d like to compliment the administration for making this much-needed investment in the Northeast,” Division One Board Member Malcolm Fearing said. “Although this has been a complicated project, we are glad to see it has now been completed for motorists to enjoy.”

The rehabilitation of the westbound bridge began shortly after the eastbound bridge opened and included painting the drawbridge leaves, pouring a new concrete deck overlay, rewiring controls and replacing breaks and motors for the drawbridge leaves.

“We are very glad that the bridge project has reached its completion, and wish to thank all of those who were responsible for making it happen.” Division One Engineer Jerry Jennings said.

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