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North Carolina bridge to undergo eight-month rehabilitation

Bridge rehabilitation is scheduled to begin Saturday and continue until May 1 on the U.S. 74/76 Bascule Bridge in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., at Mile 283.1 on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.

To facilitate repairs, a crane barge will reduce the available horizontal clearance in the navigable channel from 90 feet to 50 feet.

An hour advance notice is required to remove the barge from the channel for vessels requiring greater than 50 feet horizontal clearance to navigate through the area.

The U.S. 74/76 Bascule Bridge tender can be contacted via radio on VHF-FM channels 13 or 16 to arrange safe transit.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to transit the area with caution at no-wake speeds.

For further information on the project, contact Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Waterways Management personnel at (252) 247-4525 or email