N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews will begin work to extend the life of the Emerald Isle Bridge during the 2019/2020 off-season.
Beginning November 6, 2019, a lane of N.C. 58 on the Emerald Isle Bridge will close. One lane will close at 6:00 p.m. and reopen by 6:00 a.m. the following day. The other lane will remain open for traffic. This work is expected to last through mid-March 2020.
Currently, NCDOT’s contract crews are slated to work Monday through Friday nights. Crews are not expected to work during major holidays, including: Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Eve.
The rehab project includes installation of a two-bar railing and repairs to the girders. This project will extend the life of the bridge for more than 20 years.
The new guardrails will have a similar appearance as those on the Atlantic Beach - Morehead City Bridge. The current concrete railings are approximately 28 inches high, and the new steel railings will extend an additional 26 inches, resulting in a total guardrail height of 54 inches.
Drivers that travel on the Emerald Isle Bridge should use caution and expect an automatic stoplight at the ends of each side of the 4,500-foot bridge to direct traffic. For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.
Thank you for your patience, as NCDOT and their contract crews work to maintain and improve this essential infrastructure for Emerald Isle! For additional information, please contact NCDOT's New Bern office at 252-514-4759.