Old Sunset Beach Bridge now remembered as a museum

Posted July 16, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014

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— The old Sunset Beach Bridge was a one-of-a-kind swinging bridge that floated on pontoons. A new concrete bridge replaced it a few years ago and the old structure was about to be destroyed when three women stepped in and saved it. The old bridge is now a museum, which recently opened.


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  • luvbailey Jul 31, 2014

    While you are certainly entitled to your opinion Moveyxtraz, many people including me, feel just the opposite. The height of stupidity was the 10's of millions of taxpayer dollars that were wasted due to the delays in construction caused by lawsuit after lawsuit by those seeking to stop the inevitable (likely including you). That old bridge, quaint as it may seem, was a major inconvenience to waterway traffic, and vehicular traffic onto and off of the island. Tar Heel Traveler doesn't talk much about all the times the bridge broke down stranding people on the mainland or on the island. Thank God no one on the island ever had a heart attack or stroke or other medical emergency, or an island house caught fire, while the old bridge was broken down. Lives could have been lost and property destroyed because of the inability of emergency personnel to get onto the island.

  • Brandon White Jul 29, 2014
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    It was the height of stupidity to ever replace this bridge. I have a house on Sunset Beach and it was only an inconvenience to those who can never "slow down."

    The replacement of this bridge only gained traction, when the developer of an inland golf course was called to task for his proclaimation that you could get to the Beach in five minutes from his development.