The N.C. Department of Transportation constructed a bridge to replace the existing swing bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway on N.C. 50/210 in Surf City.
The old bridge – one of two providing access to Topsail Island – was a steel truss swing span bridge that was more than 60 years old and due for replacement. The new bridge has a 65-foot vertical clearance that will not need to open for vessels in the waterway, eliminating vehicle and vessel traffic delays from the bridge opening and closing.
The new bridge will also:
- Provide a connecting structure between the mainland and the island that has sufficient capacity allowing for emergency access, hurricane evacuation, and acceptable travel times
- Improve the structural capacity of the bridge
- Provide consistency with state and local land use and transportation plans