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Hertford ‘S-Bridge’ to Close Saturday

A visualization from NCDOT of a proposed replacement of the Perquimans River Bridge and improvements to a 0.4 mile stretch of road between the towns of Hertford and Winfall in Perquimans County. 

The “S-bridge” over the Perquimans River on U.S. 17 Business in Hertford will be closed between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday while contractors pump concrete for the new bridge currently under construction.

The new bridge is part of a $57 million project to upgrade and improve U.S. 17 Business/N.C. 37 between Hertford and Winfall in northern Perquimans County. In addition to the bridge replacement, the project includes improving the causeway north of the bridge, which has been damaged by settling of the ground underneath it.

Work on replacing the 90-year-old Hertford “S-Bridge” began in July 2019.  The state Department of Transportation contracted the project with McLean Contracting of Chesapeake, Virginia. The project is scheduled to be complete in December 2021. ​

Portable message boards will be placed on U.S. 17 in both directions advising motorists of Saturday’s closure. In the town of Hertford, a barricade will be placed in the travel lane at Grubb Street and barriers will be placed on the bridge approach.

In Winfall, barricades will be placed at the intersection of Winfall Boulevard and Creek Drive.

Drivers should plan ahead and use caution around the work zone.

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