$21M Washington Baum Bridge project to begin    

By on July 7, 2022

No lane closures for a few months, 2025 completion date

The North Carolina Department of Transportation issued this July 7 release about a long-term project about to start on the Washington Baum Bridge.

Drivers will soon notice crews working on the underside of the Washington Baum Bridge on U.S. 64 (locally known as the “Pirate’s Cove Bridge”) later this month, as a $21.3 million bridge rehabilitation project begins.

The project, awarded to the Freyssinet USA company of Sterling, Va., will improve the rideability of the bridge and lengthen its lifespan. The project includes correcting bumps on the existing bridge deck and replacing bridge joints, as well as repairing concrete in the structure.

Initial work will be performed on the underside of the bridge, and no lane closures are expected for several months. The contract prohibits daytime or weekend lane closures between May 15 and Sept. 15 of any year.

The project is expected to be complete in the fall of 2025.





  • Local

    It’s about time.
    The state should stop using these contractors who keep making mistakes.
    Same thing on the Wright Memorial Bridge years ago.
    And what is the wait on the highway between Manteo and Columbia?
    Raleigh doesn’t care at all about the coast.

    Thursday, Jul 7 @ 6:32 pm
  • Les Smith

    Would be nice if they added a bike lane to link Roanoke Island to Nags Head.

    Thursday, Jul 7 @ 8:18 pm
  • Jeff Walker


    The Alligator River Bridge replacement has been zeroed out of the past few budgets and the NCDOT ten year plan for this decade. They’re currently trying to get a federal grant to pay for most of it. That’s what quality representation gets you in Raleigh.

    Friday, Jul 8 @ 1:30 am
  • Billnc

    “Raleigh doesn’t care at all about the coast.”

    Lol, after they just dropped $400 million on 2 shiny new bridges for Hatteras.

    Friday, Jul 8 @ 9:08 am
  • olin hardy

    Glad to know they will be fixing this bridge soon!

    Saturday, Jul 9 @ 3:23 pm
  • Bill

    Much appreciated and long overdue. Maybe when they get done fixing the bridge they can go fix all the overpasses in Rocky Mount I feel like you’re going over a jump when you hit them

    Monday, Jul 11 @ 7:07 am