Wrightsville Beach drawbridge construction causes frustration for drivers

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Submitted: Fri, 08/23/2013 - 3:22am
Updated: Fri, 08/23/2013 - 12:44pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wrightsville Beach Aldermen held a special meeting to talk about the ongoing bridge work.

Residents and business owners living near Wrightsville Beach have complained about congestion on the bridge and on Thursday, officials from the Department of Transportation listened to their concerns.

Construction on the drawbridge has caused frustration and confusion for drivers in the Port City.

“I think folks have been a little frustrated, during the summer with some of the lane closures. It’s important to get the word out on where we are in the process,” said Tim Owens, Town Manager.

Most of the people who attended Thursday’s public meeting were concerned with the lack of communication in regards to the construction project.

“I feel like the communication is pretty good. Sometimes there can’t be communication because it is really in the contractors hand and they are doing the work, but we are trying to do the best we can,” said Owens.

Tom Thompson came to the meeting with not only questions, but solutions.

“I mentioned that they should ask the bridge tender, the person who opens and closes the bridge to post on twitter, tweets that would advise residents as to when the bridge is going to open and close,” said Thompson.

Also at Thursday’s meeting, the Wrightsville Beach Chamber of Commerce Chair suggested building a high rise bridge in the future.

Construction on the drawbridge began in February 2012 and is scheduled to be completed in March.

Traffic is limited to one lane overnights Monday through Thursday.

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5 Comments on "Wrightsville Beach drawbridge construction causes frustration for drivers"

2015 years 8 months ago

Part of living and owning a business on an island is the limited access to the island. If the men don’t work on the bridge, then it will eventually become dangerous and unusable. Where would you be then?

2015 years 8 months ago

The crosswalk at the foot of the drawbridge is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS with drivers driving 45+ mph aggressively trying to cross the bridge plus the added confusion of drivers turning left onto and from Arlie Road.

Who’s Idea was this????

Can we get an update on the proposed Under the Bridge walkway that makes more sense. Yes it costs money but saving lives cost money unless of course you want to wait until you get a couple of deaths before you decide hmmmm maybe we should build the crosswalk……

2015 years 8 months ago

Construction on the drawbridge began in February 2012 and is scheduled to be completed in March ????.

Is it behind schedule for March 2012 or due to finish NEXT FRICKIN YEAR!?

2015 years 8 months ago

That all connections to Wrightsville beach be blown apart and let the island drift away…….
At some point it can become part of the Azores.


Wilmington Observer
2015 years 8 months ago

Construction workers are doing their job. That job does not include holding the hand of Wrightsville Beach residents. If you will keep your big boy pants on, they will be done and out of your hair as soon as possible.

Wilmington Observer