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Construction of the New Sunset Beach, NC, Bridge

Jo O'Keefe Copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

English Construction Company, Inc., Lynchburg, Virginia

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November 1, 2010
The Mannon C. Gore Bridge Walk on November 1, 2010, was a joyous event shared by residents and lovers of Sunset Beach. Folks came from other states to participate in the walk or cycle across the bridge. There were baby strollers, dogs, a 3-wheel cruiser and a couple carrying flags. By far the most popular attraction was the old Sunset Beach Bridge. To everyone's delight, a parade of sailboats approached and passed through at 1 PM followed by a second group at 2 PM. They were thrilled watching the pontoon bridge open, the sailboats pass through, and then seeing their wakes on the opposite side of the bridge as they sailed south.
The first persons crossing the new bridge were cyclists. At first they all seemed driven to reach the end until some realized they could stop to enjoy the view.
   
Margie Calhoun and Marvin Gillespie, residents of Seaside Station in Sunset Beach, were the first walkers to reach the apex of the bridge.
 
Island residents Erik Jensen and Noelle Kehrberg carried US and Sunset Beach flags.
These dogs were the first to cross the bridge.
   
Cyclists returning to the mainland on the pontoon bridge
   
Vessels approaching the pontoon bridge for the 2 PM opening
   
Pontoon bridge opening for vessels at 2 PM
Sailboats passing through opening of pontoon bridge
   
Sailing South
Fishing Trawler Miss Carol Ann waiting for bridge to open at 3:35 PM
 
Bridge opening for fishing trawler
Bridge open for trawler
   
The Ocean Isle Beach Bridge
Marsh on the north side of the waterway with the end of Slough Canal in the forefront
   
Marsh between Goat Island and Blaine Creek
Sharp turn in the Intracoastal Waterway heading south toward Myrtle Beach
   
November 5, 2010
Adding pipe to carry run-off to the infiltration pond