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DOT to design public walkway near Wrightsville Beach

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The public walkway will be built in this location under the drawbridge. The public walkway will be built in this location under the drawbridge.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - A proposal for a new walking bridge, near Wrightsville Beach, could give pedestrians and cyclists a safer way to hit the sand.

The Department of Transportation has decided to design a public walkway, underneath the Heidi Trask Drawbridge - across Highway 74, on Wrightsville Avenue.

It's all part of the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail, a 15-mile greenway linking the city to the beach.

The pedestrian bridge would cross north to south under the mainland side of the bridge, so people don't have to cross the busy highway.

It's estimated that 16,000 vehicles travel across the bridge each day.

The Town Manager of Wrightsville Beach says the project will provide safer travels for everyone.

"Overall when you can add inter connectivity to an area that's always busy like that, it's great because pedestrians and cyclists can reach destinations better. It's a good project," says Tim Owens.

The DOT is contributing $250,000 toward the design of the walkway.

The project is expected to be completed by 2015.

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