Bridge Rededication Ceremony
10AM Friday August 9, 2013
Brief Ceremony to Celebrate Collaboration
A brief ceremony rededicating the Buddy Phillips Bridge will feature the Chief Deputy Secretary of Operations for NC Department of Transportation, Major General James H. Trogdon III Friday morning.
Set for the New River Waterfront Park (located between the bridges near the Pelletier House and behind the Summersill Courts Building), the ceremony will mark the end of reconstruction for the bridge.
The City of Jacksonville collaborated with NC DOT to pay for improvements to the bridge including the Bishop’s Hook lights, Texas Chapel Railing, bioremediation to treat the stormwater and the City advocated to have the bridge made higher to allow more boat traffic and a future pedestrian crossing beneath the bridge
Sturgeon City of Jacksonville, a nonprofit formed by the City for environmental and civic education, recycled the concrete from the bridge into a fishing reef in the New River. The reef is a popular place for fishermen and has created a estuarine sanctuary.
The ceremony is to be very brief and General Trogdon and other elected officials will get into convertibles and cross the bridge in a ceremonious rededication.
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