Construction on Oak Island Bridge to take longer than expected

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Posted by Debra Worley- email

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Construction on the second Oak Island Bridge was expected to be finished by the end of 2009, but officials say it will take several more months before the project is complete.

Officials believe the bridge will be complete sometime in the spring of 2010.

A small, but devoted, crowd of spectators have witnessed the progress of the bridge, and also the devastating setbacks.

Construction on the bridge has been suspended several times over the past year for various safety issues.

In December 2008, a construction worker was killed when a concrete girder collapsed, causing a five month delay on the project.  An investigation revealed the accident was the result of a welding mistake.

Earlier this summer, several cracks on construction beams were discovered, forcing construction to come to a stop.

"It's a big anticipation, because it's going to cut off such a distance between here and Wilmington, and here and Myrtle Beach," said Oak Island Public Information Officer Kyle Thomas.  "You've got at least a savings of 25 minutes or more. That's savings of gas and time."

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