Information, discussions, and comments about the new Gallants Channel bridge in Beaufort NC continues after the video. The old Grayden Paul drawbridge went out of service in the Summer of 2018.
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- Estimated Cost: $66.4 million.
- Start Date: March 2014.
- Completion: 2019 – The bridge was operational to traffic in the summer of 2018 but there is still construction that will last until 2019.
- Part of the I-42 Corridor Hwy 70 expansion.
- Construction type: 65-foot fixed-span Bascule bridge.
- Builder: Conti Enterprises, Inc.
- Size: 3,395 feet.
- Bike paths and pedestrian paths will be built in to the new bridge.
- This project also created the Turner St bridge that you travel after leaving this bridge en route to the waterfront area and downtown.
Interstate 42 corridor information: NCDOT plan to expand as much Interstate traffic from Raleigh, NC to Cedar Island, NC (Hwy 70). Currently, bypasses are being built in several cities that sit between Raleigh and Beaufort.
The construction of the new Gallants Channel bridge in Beaufort NC is not without controversy. Many locals believe that the old Grayden Paul Bridge represented history, a way of life, and gave the town a “old times” feel that is essentially what draws tourist to this quaint coastal town in Carteret County NC. Beaufort is NC’s 3rd oldest town.
Additionally, others in this town do not like the idea of growth and expansion that an effective interstate between Raleigh and Cedar Island will bring.
However, others in the community welcome the growth and expansion as it likely will bring much needed renovations and upgrades to the community, along with new jobs.
This new bridge was named after the body of water ( Gallants Channel ) this infrastructure was built over. #ccvideoproject