Duck Boardwalk – Photo Town of Duck
After what was arguably the worst winter in at least 20 years, the weather is clearing and some of the major construction projects on the Outer Banks are moving forward once again.
The resurfacing of the Wright Memorial Bridge appears to be very close to on track, but there have been workers on the bridge just about every day now, trying to meet the contract schedule that calls for the new paving to be done by mid May.
The Duck boardwalk extension that will take the sound side walkway to Aqua Restaurant and Spa is running behind. Original plans had the whole project completed by mid May. According to Denise Walsh, Public Information Officer for the town, the boardwalk will be completed by mid May, but construction will continue on the boat slips and docks until mid June.
When completed the boardwalk will be about ¾ of a mile in length and will extend from the Waterfront Shops in the north to Aqua at the south end.
The biggest Outer Banks construction project is the NCDOT bridge that will span the Pea Island area around New Inlet–the place where Hurricane Irene forced a breach. Plans call for a 2.7 mile bridge costing $79.6 million. The contractor, Parsons Construction of Greenville, SC, has an 800 day window to finish the project.