Wyatt D. Yelverton, PE
Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. / Branch Civil, Inc. Joint Venture
Branch Civil is teaming up with Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. to greatly improve the safety of motorists traveling between Jacksonville and New Bern, NC.
The Maysville Bypass project will allow for smoother flow along the Rt. 17 corridor in eastern North Carolina by eliminating backups that often occur through the towns of Maysville and Pollocksville, as 10,000 cars travel the route each day.
The project includes more than 15 miles of new roadway. Approximately 12 miles of construction will make up the new bypass, a 4-lane divided roadway that will connect to Rt. 17 north of Spring Hill Road in Onslow County, and then reconnect to the Rt. 17 bypass southwest of New Bern. Three miles of the existing Rt. 17 will be widened to a 4-way divided highway.
The highlight of this project is the extensive bridge work involved. Twenty-five new bridge structures are being constructed, including ten sets of mainline dual bridges, 5 sets of bridges over crossroads, 4 over wetlands and waterways, and one set of bridges to accommodate a wildlife crossing. In addition, there will be 4 crossroad bridges over the new alignment, and one new ramp bridge over a creek where the bypass will tie into the existing New Bern bypass.
The current roadway through the Maysville/Pollocksville vicinity is entirely two-lane with double yellow lines in the median. It’s been the site of many head-on collisions; the 4-lane divided highway design will significantly alleviate the danger to motorists, and allow traffic to move safely at 60-70 miles an hour, depending on the location.
The project is expected to be complete in 2020.