A temporary bridge is now in place on Harkers Island and the weight limit
posting for it has been increased to 25 tons, allowing larger vehicles such as
school buses and delivery trucks access to the island.
Oct. 4, the weight posting on the overflow bridge over the Straits on Island
Road in Carteret County was reduced to five tons after crews doing maintenance
on the bridge identified portions of the structure that were in need of
immediate repair. This is the only bridge leading onto Harkers Island.
Department of Transportation Bridge Maintenance crews, along with the help of
multiple county maintenance workers, spent the past week putting a temporary
bridge in place, and this morning were able to complete the installation of
eight temporary bridge sections and install temporary guardrails on the
structure. A new posting sign and message board announcing the increased
weight limit have been put in place.
bridge will continue to remain in the one-lane traffic pattern that is already
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