North Carolina Department of Transportation – Topsail Island Bridge Replacement

When it became clear that the old Topsail Island Bridge – built in 1955 – needed replacement, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) got to work addressing how to manage current traffic congestion while building a replacement bridge simultaneously. This $54 million project built a new bridge – featuring an expanded width of 65 feet versus the old structure’s 13-foot width – while using an accelerated construction schedule, allowing NCDOT to complete the project 10 months ahead of the original deadline. The new bridge better accommodates vehicle volumes with the addition of two 12-foot-wide lanes and features a new multi-use path that allows pedestrians to cross more safely as a barrier now separates them from traffic. The operations on this project allowed for the department to save time and prioritize the safety of residents and visitors alike, giving them a smooth trip during beach season and beyond.