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We went for a paddle on the French Broad today. As we approached Newman Island, we were like, what is THAT? Where did it come from? Can we get through there? What are all those buoys? Are they telling us to keep away?

As we got closer we could see that it is a new pedestrian bridge linking Seven Islands mainland to Newman Island. The buoys were directing boaters to stay to the right where the channel is deeper. We coasted right under the bridge, no problem.

This wasn't there when we paddled through two years ago. When we got home, I googled for info about it, and found my own blog post from ten years ago. Guess I forgot all about it.

Anyway, reports at the time said they had hoped to start construction in 2009. Looks like it took a little longer than anticipated, but it appears to be nearing completion now.


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