Work to prolong the life of the South Banks Channel Bridge in Wrightsville Beach is taking longer than expected, North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said Tuesday.
NCDOT said work on the 50-year-old bridge will continue into fall.
That means the current traffic pattern, with two lanes going toward the beach and one lane for traffic leaving it, will remain the same. Officials advise motorists to be mindful of the traffic pattern and be alert to crews working in the area.
The bridge on Causeway Drive was built in 1972 and has deteriorated as a result of its saltwater environment, including the concrete that covers the steel parts of the bridge to prevent corrosion.
Maryland-based Coastal Gunite Construction Co. was awarded the $3.7 million contract, officials announced in 2021.
Preservation work on the bridge began in November 2021 and was first expected to be complete in fall of 2022.