- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

SURF CITY, N.C. (AP) - The days are numbered for the iconic swing bridge connecting Topsail Island and the mainland at Surf City on the North Carolina coast.

Media outlets report that the state Department of Transportation has approved a $53 million low bid from Balfour Beatty Infrastructure of Wilmington to replace the bridge with a 65-foot-high fixed-span bridge.

The new bridge will also have a path for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The old swing bridge has been in operation for more than 60 years.

Construction on the new bridge could start as early as this fall and the new span should be open in 2020.

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