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DOT says Sunset bridge construction to start soon

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SUNSET BEACH (AP) -- Engineers plan to begin work this month on a new high-rise bridge that will replace a wooden pontoon bridge connecting Sunset Beach to the mainland. Department of Transportation engineer Joe Blair said the first sign of construction will be land clearing on the mainland side of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The bridge is scheduled for completion in 2010. The $31 million bridge contract was awarded in January after 30 years of dispute. Bridge opponents concerned about the environmental impact of building a new bridge asked a federal judge to halt the project last year, but their request was denied. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Sunset Beach Bridge

that brigde has been apart of my life since i've been born and to take it away is like taking a piece of everyone who has ever fell in love with it...Its nothing like sitting at the intersection waiting for the bridge to swing open or close...And just knowing that they're tearing it down before its time is just flat out not right

Landmark Bridge

I agree, Mr. Smith, and it's good to know someone feels that way. That bridge is a landmark piece of WORKING history. It always set Sunset Beach apart. Beauty and history usually takes second place to money and progress (if you want to call it that). I wish they could have left the old bridge as the landmark and piece of history that it is, and built the concrete high rise beside it.

Landmark Bridge

I agree, Mr. Smith, and it's good to know someone feels that way. That bridge is a landmark piece of WORKING history. It always set Sunset Beach apart. I also remember waiting on the swing bridge and marveling at the process, and thinking what a wonderful place to have a bridge like that! Beauty and history usually takes second place to money and progress (if you want to call it that). I wish they could have left the old bridge as the landmark piece of history that it is, and built the concrete high rise beside it.

Old Pontoon Bridge

Another piece of history goes the way of the rails. Wait a minute, I just heard the railroads are coming back. Anyway, it makes sense that the beloved 'ole bridge can no longer handle the added traffic. So long to an amazing reminder of by gone days and ways. Maybe the bridge gave the last days of it's life defending that pristine island from the onslaught of rapid growth and change.