Pennsylvania company gets job to fix Wrightsville Beach bridge

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Submitted: Tue, 11/01/2011 - 3:05pm
Updated: Tue, 11/01/2011 - 3:13pm

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation has hired a Pennsylvania company to do work on the bridge to Wrightsville Beach.

The state will pay American Bridge Company of Coraopolis, PA, $5.6 million to make improvements to the Heide Trask drawbridge. The contract includes replacing the steel grid floor, operator house and span drive motors, as well as other electrical repairs.

Work can begin as early as Dec. 1 and be completed by March 29, 2013.


  • Guest3130 says:

    North Carolina couldn’t find a NORTH CAROLINA contractor??? We had to go outside of the State, instead of hiring within?? No wonder our unemployment numbers are so high. . . .

  • Bart356 says:

    NC, just wanted the job done right.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    As a taxpayer I want them using any company that can do the work adequately AND AT THE LOWEST COST.

  • Brian says:

    Agreed. BUT, government has made it so expensive to do business in NC that none of the NC contractors could bid any lower than they did.

  • Wrightsville Beach Homeowner says:

    Anyone want to take a guess at when the Wrightsville Beach Bridge repairs will be concluded?? It was slated to be completed by March 29 2013. With just over one month remaining American Bridge appears to be less than 50 percent completed??

    I’m sure our business’s here on the island will appreciate the apparent timeline overruns causing folks to avoid our beach at all cost!!

    On a side note, just curious if the “Removed” Steel Decking was sold as scrap iron and where those sizable proceeds were credited? Currently the old decking is sitting in Goldsboro at a scrapyard off HWY 117.

    Were they credited back to the NC DOT? American Bridge? Or a individual??

    After-all it is property of our state.

    What a great topic for the Lumina News to take up!!

    A delayed, concerned and frustrated WB Homeowner!

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