Railings are now going up on the remaining 1,046 feet of the old Bonner Bridge.
In a few short months, it will be open to the public for fishing, sightseeing and strolling, the N.C. Department of Transportation said Thursday.
The catwalks on the side of the bridge are gone, and fisherman will now stand along the rails mounted to the curb along the old road deck.
That section of the old bridge has been used as a staging area for the overall demolition up until a couple of months ago. NCDOT has said it will take six to eight weeks to install the railing. After that, a contractor will return next month to remove asphalt, build the pathway to the pier, clean up and stabilize the site.
The pier should open sometime this summer.