Bridge Closure on SR 1324(Crooked Run Rd) in Pender County April 16-September 11

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close the bridge (Pender #203) on SR 1324 (Crooked Run Road) over Sill’s Creek in Pender County beginning Monday April 16, 2018 at 7:00am thru Tuesday September 11, 2018 at 5:00pm weather permitting for a bridge replacement.


Take NC 11 to SR 1328 (Garden Rd) to SR 1325 (Sill’s Creek Rd) back to SR 1324 (Crooked Run Rd)

The existing bridge was built in 1962 and considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.  That means while it is still safe, it was built to the standards of its day and needs to be replaced.

The new bridge will have updated drainage structures to prevent ponding on the roadway.  The bridge approaches will be reinforced to prevent washouts along with other maintenance issues.

The NCDOT reminds motorists to STAY ALERT, use alternate routes when possible during this period, drive with caution, obey the posted speed limits, and allow extra travel time.

For additional information regarding the dates and times of this bridge closure, please visit and click on “Travel & Maps” then, click on “Traveler Information Management System” and use the dropdown menus for county or route, or call “511” from any phone.  For real-time travel information, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

To obtain more information about this work, you may contact Daniel Perry, NCDOT Bridge Programs at (252) 287-8043.

Planned Lane Closure on Azalea Drive – Hampstead

The North Carolina DOT Bridge Maintenance Unit plans to close a single lane on Azalea Drive (SR 1750) in Hampstead in order to replace a cross line pipe under the roadway.  The location is on Azalea Drive, .45 miles east of Long Leaf Drive (SR 1675).


Start Date:  Monday, April 16, 2018

Start Time: 9:00 am End Time: 5:00 pm daily

End Date: Friday, April 27, 2018


A travel lane will be open at all times.

The NCDOT reminds motorists to STAY ALERT, encourages motorists to use alternate routes when possible during this period, drive with caution, obey the posted speed limits, and allow extra travel time.

For additional information regarding the dates and times of this lane closure, please visit and click on “Travel & Maps” then, click on “Traveler Information Management System” and use the dropdown menus for county or route, or call “511” from any phone.  For real-time travel information, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

If you have questions, please contact our office at 910-296-8730.

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Azalea Drive vicinity map

Intermittent Lane Closure on I40 West in Pender County Between Mile Markers 399 and 400

NCDOT will have a contractor making repairs to steel beams on an overpass on I40 West.  The overpass carries Stag Park Road (SR1509) and is located between mile markers 399 and 400.

A single lane of I40 West will be closed beginning April 3rd, 2018 at 8:00 am until 5:30 pm daily, including Saturday and Sunday,  through April 10, 2018.  A travel lane will be open at all times and all lanes will be open outside the specified hours.

Please contact Brad Koonce at 910-371-6580 if you have questions.

Pender Pawzapalooza: a doggone good time for pet owners

BURGAW – It’s a Fido and Family walk in the park as Burgaw’s Rotary Park hosts Pender Pawzapalooza April 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

“We are proud of our animal shelter and we are pleased to sponsor Pender Pawzapalooza,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County tourism director.

The event will feature a pet fun walk utilizing parts of the Osgood Canal Greenway Trail starting at 11:30 a.m.  A $5 entry fee will benefit the Pender County Animal Shelter.  At the end of the walk participants will receive a toy for their dog and all $5 entries are entered in a drawing for a prize.

A pet costume contest will take place at noon for three “Best Dressed” categories – large, medium, and small dogs. Pet owners may dress in costume and judges will select the best Owner/Pet costume theme. Prizes will be awarded.

Pet agility, pet obedience, a hot car demonstration, face-painting, vendor tents, and pet adoptions will be available at Pender Pawzapalooza.

“This event is targeted toward the many residents of Pender County who own pets and are looking for pet friendly activities” says Jewell Horton, Manager of the Pender County Animal Shelter.  “We will have the shelter’s agility course on site for pet owners to utilize, as well as professional demonstrations on obedience and agility from local trainers.”

“Pets have a relaxing effect and bring a sense of calm,” said Carolyn Moser, director of Pender County Health and Human Services. “Physical activity such as walking a pet is good for physical health. Exercise helps manage mental health issues such as depression. The Pender Pawzapalooza provides and awesome opportunity to enjoy time outside with pets and to learn about the valuable services available at the Pender County Animal Shelter.”

“Our hope is that a large amount of participation will occur and will act as a catalyst for an off-leash dog park in Pender County,” said Horton. “Behavior issues are one of the top reasons pets are surrendered to the shelter and that often comes from boredom.  This park would give owners and their pets a safe, controlled environment to exercise, play and get away from the everyday routine of home and work”.

Rotary Park is located at 100 Industrial Dr. in Burgaw.

For more information contact the Pender County Tourism Office at 910-259-1536.


For a printable flyer, click here.

Utilities Online Payments Temporarily Unavailable due to System Upgrades

PENDER COUNTY –  Pender County Utilities online bill payments will be temporarily unavailable after 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 and all day Friday, March 16. The county is conducting necessary software upgrades at this time.

Online bill payments will be available Saturday, March 17.

Pender County Utilities apologizes for the inconvenience.

For more information please call Pender County Utilities at 910-259-1570.


2018 Community Health Assessment-We need you

The Community Health Assessment is a door to door survey to see what residents of Pender County perceive as the biggest issues impacting health and how they view the health of the community.  Help your community’s voice be heard as we prioritize and plan for a healthier tomorrow.

*Volunteers age 18 and up needed to assist with a door to door survey about improving the health of your community.  Meet at the Pender County Cooperative Extension Conference room, 801 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC 28425

Thursday, March 22nd 9:00am-12:00pm (training) and 1:00-6:00pm
Friday, March 23rd 9:00am –1:00pm and 1:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday, March 24th 9:00am-1:00pm and 1:00pm-6:00pm

Sign up with link:

*Volunteers must attend training on Thursday to participate in survey.   Volunteers do not need to be present all three days.  Lunch will be provided.  If you drive your own personal vehicle door-to-door and are not reimbursed by your employer, we will reimburse you with a gas card.

Every volunteer will receive a small thank you gift and the opportunity to win a Fitbit! For each day that you help interview your neighbors, your name will be entered into a drawing, so sign up for more days to increase your chances.

For questions, contact Pender County Health Department, Kerrie Bryant at 910-663-3762 or at


Pender County Utilities does not endorse water line warranty program

PENDER COUNTY –  Pender County Utilities is aware of at least one company (American Water Resources) that offers service line warranty programs, but there are several others who offer this program as well. These companies will independently contact Water Department customers to offer their warranty program for a fee.

The warranty program is much like insurance. For a monthly fee, the company will cover certain qualified repairs for water service lines. Service lines are only a portion of the private plumbing line. They are neither owned nor maintained by Pender County Utilities. The homeowner is responsible for any damage or failure in the service line. Customer responsibility begins at the customer side of the water meter. Pender County Utilities does not provide public sewer service to residential customers.

Pender County Utilities does not endorse any of these companies, because the service line is private plumbing. Like with any insurance or warranty program, individuals should do their due diligence to learn what is and is not covered and what exceptions apply in order to make the best decision for their situation.

Below is a link to an article by a consumer watchdog columnist.  The information in this article may prove useful in making your decision:

To learn more, contact Pender County Utilities at 910-259-1570.


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Bridge Work Requires Closure of the Intracoastal Waterway in Pender County

Vehicular traffic will not be impacted

JACKSONVILLE – The Intracoastal Waterway will be closed to boating traffic south of the N.C. 50/210 Swing Bridge on Monday, Feb. 19 and Tuesday, Feb. 20.

The closure is needed for safety reasons as a Department of Transportation contractor will be installing girders across the Intracoastal for the new Surf City Bridge.

“We ask that boaters and other maritime interests please be patient during this installation,” said Jacksonville Resident Engineer Trevor Carroll. “Our contractor will be working to install these girders in a safe and timely manner.”

For real-time travel information, visit or .


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