WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Work is underway on a new walkway that will enable visitors to stroll around the entire USS North Carolina in Wilmington, providing unprecedented views of the huge battleship.
Local media outlets report that Gov. Pat McCrory was on hand Thursday for a ceremony marking the start of work on the more than $10 million project.
The 2,000-foot walkway will sit above a steel cofferdam to be built where the battleship is berthed.
McCrory said the World War II battleship is a celebrated memorial for veterans.
He says the new walkway will add to the battleship's status as one of the top tourist attractions in the state.