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Construction of the New Sunset Beach, NC, Bridge

Jo O'Keefe Copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

English Construction Company, Inc., Lynchburg, Virginia

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October 22, 2010
The island end of the bridge
Slough Canal immediately ajacent to Crabby Oddwater's Restaurant. Run-off from the bridge is channeled through pipes and under the roadway to enter the canal.
A swale was constructed on the Right-of-Way in front of Bill's Seafood and Crabby Oddwater's Restaurant to channel stormwater run-off draining from Hickory Avenue, East Shoreline Drive and Hwy 179 into Slough Canal. The roadway in front of the two businesses has been elevated. Without the swale, run-off could undermine and damage the building. Grass swales filter out contaminants such as bacteria-laden exhaust, rubber, gas and oil emissions before the water seeps into the ground. Vehicles will no longer be able to park safely in front of the businesses.
One of many new traffic signs erected by NCDOT to direct traffic to the new bridge.
October 24, 2010
Signs at base of island end of new Sunset Beach Bridge
New Smooth Cordgrass, Spartina alterniflora, growing 500 feet of causeway have been removed
Views of left and right portions of island infiltration basin that will filter pollutants such as oil and grease out of run-off before the water is discharged into the Big Narrows. The basin is located on an old fill section that has been in place since the causeway was first built.
View of the marsh of the east side of the new bridge