Wrightsville Beach NCDOT considers replacement options for drawbridge

first_imgWRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — As the area around Wrighstville Beach keeps on growing, the town is working with the NCDOT on some possible changes to the Heide Trask Drawbridge that could solve quite a few problems.The drawbridge is the only way on and off the beach. Town Manager Tim Owens says it’s time for some changes. The town put in a request to the DOT earlier in the year to possibly replace the drawbridge.- Advertisement – In DOT study, they found several different things that need to be addressed with the bridge like mobility access for cars, bikes, and pedestrians, the ageing and corrosion of the bridge, and traffic issues around the bridge.Owens says they have already spent money on maintenance projects over the years.“We’re about four or five years away from a major renovation that the NCDOT did and we had a lot of growing pains with that project, so we know that this place is getting really really busy now,” Owens said. “There’s a lot of development going into the area, so we want to get ahead of the ball game and really start looking at the future and seeing what that bridge looks like in the future.”Related Article: Wrightsville Beach almost back to normal following September stormOwens says he does not know when this work may happen, but the town wants to be proactive and keep up with the area’s growth.He adds there is a public hearing next Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at town hall, 321 Causeway Drive, for the community to hear some proposals for the bridge. People will also have a chance to give their input on the project to the DOT.last_img

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