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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wrightsville Beach drawbridge will be closing tonight from 11:30 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Town Manager Tim Owens wants to let people know that they will not be able to come on or off the island during those times. Owens says they are staffing up the fire department and there will be an EMS unit on the island for safety precautions or emergencies.

Owens says they are doing everything they can do to be prepared. He says he wants to get the word out to visitors and people that live on the island to be prepared as well.

“Obviously if you had some kind of a house fire or some kind of emergency situation. That’s why we’re staffing up and making sure we are prepared and the bridge can be closed. This is just a little more intense as far as the work they are doing this time. So, we’re trying to get prepared,” Town Manager Tim Owens says.

The DOT and bridge maintenance contractor are doing work underneath the bridge. They are closing during the times they thought would work best for people coming and going from the island.

Owens says there will possibly be 16 more closures between now and October, when the DOT will start working on the top of the bridge.

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