A convoy of workers and equipment from World Fiber Technologies, Inc., headed to North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Friday, Dec. 2, to begin attaching conduit and fiber-optic cable along five bridges as part of NCREN’s expansion through the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI).
This portion of the GLRBI contacted to World Fiber Technologies is designated for bridges in Northeast North Carolina to include: Virginia Dare Bridge (U.S. 64 Bypass over Croatan Sound); U.S. 17 over Chowan River; U.S. 94 over Intracoastal Waterway; Washington Baum Bridge (U.S. 64 Bypass over Roanoke Sound); and the Wright Memorial Bridge (U.S. 158 over Currituck Sound).
World Fiber Technologies was selected through a competitive bid process this fall. Installation will begin immediately, with work scheduled to be completed by mid-April 2012 to minimize impact on bridges during the height of tourist season.
All construction for both rounds of the GLRBI must be finished by Jan. 31, 2013 to allow MCNC time to equip and place the fiber optic into service on or before July 31, 2013. The first phase of construction for Round 1 is nearly complete, and Round 2 construction began in July 2011.
Left photo: Bridge fiber expert Josh Yager leads a World Fiber bridge crew to the Outer Banks.
Right photo: World Fiber is bringing along message signs and lighting for management of community traffic as fiber is attached to bridges this winter on the Outer Banks.
(All photos courtesy of World Fiber Technologies, Inc.)