Balfour Beatty begins construction on $60m Harkers Island Bridge Replacement project

WCN Editorial Team 14 Sep 2021 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

UK-based construction firm Balfour Beatty has begun construction of the $60m Harkers Island Bridge Replacement project in the US.

Work on the project involves replacement of two 50-year-old bridges, the Earl C. Davis Memorial Bridge (Bridge No. 73) and Bridge No. 96.

This will help to reduce congestion, delays for marine vessels and vehicular traffic and increase capacity for emergency access and evacuation.

Balfour Beatty will be responsible for the construction of a single 3,200ft-long fixed-span bridge and replacing the existing two bridges that currently connect Straits town to Harkers Island.

The company stated that it will use the latest technologies including non-corroding, carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) strands for the new bridge.

To be built over the straits to the east of the existing bridges, the new Harkers Island Bridge will provide a direct route for people traveling to and from the mainland.

It will have a 45ft navigational clearance and will allow boats to pass safely and allow motorists to travel without delays from bridge openings.

The Bridge No. 73 will be removed once the new Harkers Island Bridge is constructed, and Carteret County will take ownership of the Bridge No. 96.

Balfour Beatty said that the Bridge No. 96 will be repurposed as a pedestrian bridge to provide access to the centre island as well as a renovated Straits Fishing Pier.

Construction work on the project is anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2025.

Balfour Beatty North Carolina vice president and region manager Mark Johnnie said: “We are honored to deliver another transportation project for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

“Balfour Beatty has a long history of building bridges in the coastal areas of North Carolina. Success for the company isn’t just about delivering projects on time and under budget, but completing projects safely, innovatively and sustainably while being a good neighbor in the communities where we work.”

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Balfour Beatty breaks ground on $60m Harkers Island Bridge Replacement project. Credit: Free-Photos from Pixabay.

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