The North Carolina Department of Transportation is planning to hold a public hearing on the project to build a new bridge to Topsail Island, replacing the Swing Bridge.
NCDOT representatives say the Swing Bridge, which was built in the 1950's, needs to be replaced. They say the new bridge will improve traffic and create wider travel lanes for all vehicles. They argue it will also help with boat traffic, and minimize delays. Additionally, representatives say the new proposed bridge would include access for pedestrians and bicycles.