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Why is NCDOT replacing the Surf City Bridge with another two-lane bridge?

Bill Walsh

According to Surf City Manager Larry Bergman, two lanes are sufficient to move traffic in and out of Surf City. The main contribution the new bridge will make to easing traffic congestion is that vehicular traffic will not have to stop — as it currently does — when the existing swing bridge is opened for boats.

Additionally, Bergman said, the design of the bridge allows for pedestrian and bicycle lanes to be utilized for automobiles and emergency vehicles in the event of a situation whereby the island would have to be evacuated. Two lanes could carry residents out of Surf City, while a third lane would allow emergency responders to get in and out as necessary.

Additional land is now being acquired for the bridge, which could see its first traffic in 2020, Bergman said.

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2 Responses to “ Why is NCDOT replacing the Surf City Bridge with another two-lane bridge?”

  1. On February 2, 2016 at 1:06 pm D.R Humphrey wrote:

    Larry’s a nice guy but he’s no traffic engineer. I think he’s just quoting the D.O.T.’s propaganda. The D.O.T. decided on a 2 lane bridge here at least 15 years ago and has since added 1 lane traffic circles at each end of this project while giving most of the width of the bridge to an occasional biker or pedestrian. Meanwhile the number of houses and the traffic has increased dramatically and will continue to do so. There is no way this outdated bridge with a malfunction junction on each end will handle the traffic in 2020 or 2080.

  2. On February 4, 2016 at 11:44 am d. warner wrote:

    with so little property left to build anything new, on the island, the new bridge is a horrible waste of money. traffic will remain essentially the same from now on

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