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NCDOT to hold meeting on plan to replace Surf City Swing Bridge

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The NC Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting July 29 about the proposed replacement of the Topsail Island Bridge in Surf City.

The meeting will take place at 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Topsail Island Moose Lodge at 13175 NC 50 in Holly Ridge. There will be a formal presentation at 7 p.m.

Citizens will be able to ask questions and/or submit comments following the formal presentation.

The DOT wants to build a new bridge to replace the existing swing bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway on NC 50/210 in Surf City. The agency says the project will improve traffic flow by providing wider travel lanes for all vehicles, maintain boat traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway and minimize traffic delays. The proposed bridge will include access for pedestrians and bicycles, too.

The existing bridge is a steel truss swing span bridge that was built in the 1950s and is due for replacement. The DOT originally evaluated more than 20 design alternatives for this project. A series of public workshops and meetings with environmental regulatory agencies were used to narrow down the alternatives.

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