Work on new bridge to MCAS Cherry Point expected to start July 31

(Nicole Griffin/NewsChannel 12)

HAVELOCK, Craven County - Construction on a $24.3 million flyover bridge on US 70 East to the Slocum Gate of the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point is expected to start as soon as the end of this month and is slated for completion by 2020, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

The project is intended to ease congestion and accidents and will also including repaving, drainage work and signal installation. Lane closures will be needed throughout various phases of the construction, but no detours have been announced as of yet.

"We're real optimistic about it helping us clear the highway or keeping the highway clear in the mornings, reducing the number of accidents that we have and hopefully make everybody's trip into work and in to town or on base and into town a little easier," Havelock Fire Marshal John Lewis said.

More than 20 parcels of land will be affected by the project and NCDOT has set aside nearly $5 million of the total project cost to buy up those properties to make way for the flyover bridge.

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