SURF CITY, N.C. (WTVD) -- The new bridge to Surf City opened this week -- nearly a year ahead of schedule.
The bridge was built to replace the existing swing bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway on N.C. 50/210.
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.
It 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.
New bridge to Surf City opens early, officials say it will ease beach traffic