A decades-old Brunswick County bridge to a beach town will get improvements to lengthen its lifespan.
The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a contract in early December to help preserve the span to Ocean Isle Beach on Causeway Drive over the Intracoastal Waterway, according to a DOT press release on Tuesday.
Freyssinet, Inc. of Sterling, Va., will begin work after placing a $2.8 million bid.
Efforts to preserve the bridge, which was constructed in 1984, will begin in mid-March and will include resurfacing, concrete repair, and installation of a taller pedestrian and bicycle safety railing.
Crews may reduce the bridge down to one lane on weekdays between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. during the spring, fall and winter. The work is expected to finish by May 2022 and should keep the bridge in good condition for the next 35 years.
Some of the recent work or replacements of Brunswick County bridges include the 65-foot tall Sunset Beach span bridge (Mannon C. Gore Bridge) that opened in 2010 and replaced the Sunset Beach swing bridge, which linked the island to the mainland from 1958-2011.
The Swain’s Cut Bridge opened for traffic just before that in October of 2010 at a cost of $36 million connecting the south end of Oak Island to N.C. 906 across the Intracoastal Waterway.
The G.V. Barbee Bridge, the second span that connects Oak Island to the mainland, recently went through a $15.8-million repair and renovation project. It reopened in April of 2019.
Article information originally published in StarNewsOnline.com