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Rodanthe bridge finish delayed

Completion of the Rodanthe Bridge is expected in a year, at the end of 2021.

The finish date was the fall of 2021.

As of Dec. 3, the bridge is 54 percent complete, said Pablo Hernandez, NCDOT resident engineer in the Manteo office, at a public virtual update meeting on Dec. 3.

As of Nov. 25, the last pay period, NCDOT has paid out $111,579,610, including design work.

The adjusted contract value is $155,024,024 due to a claims settlement. A previous contract estimate was $145.33 million.

As previously reported, construction at the northern end has been delayed due to difficulty installing pilings. Work continues to be slow going.

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative has started preparations to move the cooperative’s transmission cables to the new bridge. The cooperative’s contractor will be installing underground conduit to carry transmission line to both ends of the bridge.

Completion of the roundabout at the southern end of the bridge may happen this winter, depending on weather and contractor availability. Paving and curbing installation remains to be done.

So far, 62 of 108 bents have been installed. Hernandez said 218 of 352 piles have been driven. Some 52 or 107 deck spans have been cast.

NCDOT will hold its next virtual update meeting March 4, 2021.

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