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Jacksonville officials rededicate Buddy Phillips Bridge

By Anna Bulszewicz
Published On: Aug 09 2013 04:28:42 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 09 2013 09:32:50 AM CDT
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JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY -

A ceremony was held to rededicate the Buddy Phillips Bridge Friday in Jacksonville, said city officials.

City officials, along with community members, attended the re-dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday. The ceremony featured the chief deputy secretary of operations for the N.C. Department of Transportation and Major General James H. Trogdon III.

The event took place at the New River Waterfront Park.  The ceremony marked the end of reconstruction for the bridge. 

The City of Jacksonville collaborated with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to pay for improvements to the bridge, including the bishop's hook lights, Texas chapel railing and bioremediation to treat the storm water. 

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 organization 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.