Harkers Island’s new bridge opens today

Harkers Island’s new bridge opens today

The new bridge is being completed a year ahead of schedule.

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Locals and state officials gathered today to celebrate the opening of the new Harker’s Island bridge with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning.

The new bridge connecting Harker’s Island to the mainland will open this week, about a year ahead of schedule.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony happened at 11 a.m. on the new bridge.

Around 1 p.m. the contractor will start the process of getting traffic flowing on the new roadway.

Earlier this month, Houston Salter, 103, took a VIP ride across the new bridge connecting Harkers Island to Eastern North Carolina.

The NCDOT says the U.S. Coast Guard veteran has lived on the island all his life, meaning he was around before a bridge was connecting to the mainland.

Salter grew up on Harkers Island, according to officials.

Salter grew up on Harkers Island, according to officials.

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