WILMINGTON — Hurricane Florence left a path of destruction in its wake and one of the most damaged sections of roads was a portion of U.S. 421 near the Pender/New Hanover County line. Construction on a temporary fix started shortly after the storm passed and was planned to be complete within 30 days and the North Carolina Department of Transportation is shooting for an early November completion.
“The work on 421 involves a temporary reconstruction of the roadway to include a two-span, 100-foot-long, temporary bridge. When it started the target for opening was 30 days, which would be Nov. 6. It may be a bit earlier if weather remains good,” NCDOT Spokesman Steve Abbott said.
The temporary bridge, as the name suggests, is not a permanent solution and NCDOT is planning two much larger bridges, Abbott said.
“At the same time, we are planning a permanent fix of two, 560-foot-long bridges. No start date for that as yet since planning still underway. The permanent work may take up to one year to complete, as we want to keep the temporary roadway open during construction, which as a result will have to be done in stages,” he said.