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Wrightsville Beach drawbridge still over-heating

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It is the third day in a row crews have had to spray the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge down to cool it off. Transportation officials say the extreme temperatures caused the bridge to swell, and expand making it harder to open and close. In addition to spraying the bridge, crews lined it with fire hoses filled with cold water. Fire chief Frank Smith said this hasn't happened in the 21 years he has been working in Wrightsville Beach. "I haven't seen this particular scenario before. Over the years we have had to assist DOT with other bridge problems when they've asked us to do so, but I haven't seen this particular problem with the bridge expanding from the heat," said Smith. DOT tells us that the same thing has happened to the Surf City swing bridge. Cooling it with water is a quick fix, but DOT is looking to find a more permanent solution.

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water supply

We cant water our grass or wash our cars and are told to use water sparingly but they can dump thousands of gallons of water on a bridge to cool it down so people with there yachts can go through. How dose this make sense. It doesn't That just shows the rich get what they want no mater what the circumstances are. they can take the ocean and go around. They need to get a wash down pump and drop the intake hose straight down and use water thats 20 ft below it.

Let the boaters that benefit

Let the boaters that benefit from the drawbridge take turns hosing it down.

just wondering

Isn't North Carolina still under a drought situation? Hmm, wonder where all this water that they are spraying is coming from? Are they pumping it from the Intercostal or from a hydrant? That also seems to be a picture of the typical DOT work crew.... One guy "working" and one guy watching.

Actually...

This county has been off of the restriction for a while now.... All I have to say for the DOT guys is...those guys work in the flipping HEAT ALL DAY...I'm not going to start complaining about their job...cause it isn't something I would want to be doing....

Must be fun

Must be fun driving your boat under the bridge and getting sloshed with oily road grime. I bet the fish you eat enjoy it as well....

Is heat really the problem???

This hasn't happened in 21 years of service??? Have these been the extreme hottest days ever experienced in 21 years? No.....Hot for this time of year, yes, but heat is heat. Something smells fishy here and we ain't talking Spanish Mackeral swimming under the bridge. Indications are that there is another problem somewhere that hasn't been uncovered yet. The area of "jamming" needs to be identified and evaluated as to why now, after 21 years, it is jamming. There is a reason, find it and repair it. This firehose method is only band-aiding the real problem and is typical of DOT engineering. I would go help them find the problem except that I never learned to sleep in a truck or lean on a shovel for 6 hours. Doubt that I would fit in.

I

Agree...hasn't happened since I can remember and I have lived here all of my life. It hit in the 100's last year and this never happened...of course the thing is getting older...metal expands...who knows...just hope it doesn't happen again when I am either trying to go to or leave the beach...course this might be WB's way to keep us NHC folk from trespassing :)

BRIDGE

MY COMMENT ON THIS IS THAT THE ILLUSTRIOUS TOWNSFOLKS OF WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH HAVE WANTED TO KEEP "OUTSIDERS' OFF 'THEIR' PRECIOUS LAND FOR YEARS NOW AND THEY ARE GETTING THEIR WISH. ISN'T IT IRONIC THAT NOW THAT THEY ARE HELD CAPTIVE IN 'THEIR PARADISE' THAT THEY WOULD BE ANGRY ABOUT A BRIDGE DEFECT??? I, FOR ONE, THINK IT IS FUNNY ! LOL