SURF CITY, N.C. -

The NC Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting July 29 regarding the proposed replacement of the Topsail Island Bridge in Surf City.

The meeting will take place at the Topsail Island Moose Lodge, 13175 N.C. 50 in Holly Ridge from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m., followed by a formal presentation at 7 p.m.

Residents will be able to ask questions and/or submit comments following the presentation.

The NCDOT proposal includes building a new bridge to replace the existing swing bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway on N.C. 50/210 in Surf City. This is one of two bridges that provide access to Topsail Island. The existing bridge is a steel truss swing span bridge that was built in the 1950s and is due for replacement.

NCDOT originally evaluated more than 20 design alternatives for this project. A series of public workshops and meetings with environmental regulatory agencies were used to narrow down the alternatives.

The NCDOT says the proposed project will improve traffic flow by providing wider travel lanes for all vehicles, maintain boat traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway, and minimize traffic delays. The proposed bridge will include access for pedestrians and bicycles.

An environmental document was prepared for this project and was approved by the Federal Highway Administration in October 2011. This document, known as the Environmental Assessment (EA), along with the Corridor Public Hearing Maps displaying the selected alternative are available for public review at the following locations:



oNCDOT Division Engineer's Office, 5501 Barbados Boulevard, Castle Hayne;

oTown of Surf City, 214 N. New River Drive;

oTown of North Topsail Beach, 2008 Loggerhead Court; and

oTown of Topsail Beach, 820 S. Anderson Boulevard.

Copies of the EA document and maps also can be found on the project's website at: www.ncdot.org/projects/TopsailIslandBridge.

For more information, please contact Diane Wilson, NCDOT- Human Environment Unit, by phone at (919) 707-6073 or email: pdwilson1@ncdot.gov. Additional written comments regarding the proposed project may be submitted to Ms. Wilson until Aug. 26, 2014.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to participate in this hearing. Anyone requiring special services should contact Ms. Wilson as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made.

http://www.wnct.com/story/26046094/ncdot-sets-public-meeting-to-discuss-surf-city-bridge-plan

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