Three bridges in Wrightsville Beach need to be repaired. The DOT says four bridges in New Hanover County, including the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge should be replaced, but with a limited budget, repairing them will have to do. The Wrightsville Beach bridges in question are the drawbridge and the two bridges over banks channel. The wooden foundation of the drawbridge has decayed, and the other two bridges have decayed to the point where steel supports are now exposed. Allen Pope of the NC Department of Transportation said, "In a perfect world you want something out there that's new. You always want a brand new car, but you can't always have a brand new car so you have to do things to extend its life." Pope said the bridges are all safe for the time being and that repairs on them will start next fall after tourist season ends.
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