Swift Island Bridge to be completed in 2021, N.C. 24-27 in 2023

Published 2:07 pm Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Swift Island Bridge rehabilitation project should be completed in June 2021 while the widening of N.C. Highway 24-27 should be completed in the summer of 2023, according to North Carolina Division of Transportation Division 10 engineer Christopher Fine.

Fine presented the updates during the Albemarle Rotary Club’s weekly gathering Thursday.

The N.C. 24-27 widening project is estimated to cost $68.7 million while the Swift Island Bridge project is estimated to cost $15.7 million.

N.C. Highway 24-27 will be widened to four lanes with a median divided cross section and will stretch six miles from the intersection of Blue Bay Seafood Restaurant and N.C. 740 to about a half mile into Montgomery County.

The widening project will be using reduced conflict intersection designs which basically means that as opposed to conventional intersections, where cars have to cross more lanes to turn left, the highway will have intersections called superstreets, which will force cars to turn right before getting on a dedicated left turn lane, Fine said.

Superstreets also help reduce the chances of accidents, or conflict points, compared with conventional intersections, he said.

The highway construction should start in November, Fine said.

Rehabilitation work for the Swift Island Bridge will widen it to allow for two-lane traffic and increase its life 50 to 75 years, Fine said.

The bridge will be deconstructed down to its arches and rebuilt with a wider bridge deck, so its architectural character and detail will remain intact, he said.

Other smaller projects include bridge replacements on Gold Branch Road and Pole Running Road, which should be finished in November, and intersection improvements at U.S. Highway 52 and Cottonville Road and U.S. 52 and Bowers Road.

Future projects include six bridge replacements around the county, a pedestrian crossing on West Main Street at Market Station in downtown Albemarle and a left turn lane on the Northeast Connector onto Moss Spring Road in Albemarle.

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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