The Go Ahead Was Ordered For Construction To Begin Spring Of 2016 For A New Oregon Inlet Bridge

The Go Ahead Was Ordered For Construction To Begin Spring Of 2016 For A New Oregon Inlet Bridge

Dated: 08/19/2015

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Bonner Bridge construction to begin next spring

Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 11:15 am by OUter Banks Sentinal  

An aerial view of Bonner Bridge and Oregon Inlet

Raleigh, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory announced Tuesday that the final roadblocks were cleared Friday allowing the N.C. Department of Transportation to proceed with construction of a new Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on N.C. 12 over the Oregon Inlet in Dare County.

Completing the terms of a settlement agreement reached in June, environmental groups represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center have dropped all remaining lawsuits that prevented NCDOT from replacing the 52-year-old Bonner Bridge with a new bridge parallel to the existing one. 

“This marks another historic milestone in finally replacing the critical lifeline bridge for residents and visitors of the Outer Banks and supporting our continued efforts to connect North Carolina,” Governor McCrory said. “I want to thank the entire team of NCDOT employees, state, and federal attorneys who have worked so hard to make this possible and find a solution for the Bonner Bridge project which had been stalled for more than 20 years.” 

With the final dismissals, NCDOT and the contractor expect to complete final design and preconstruction work in time to begin building the new bridge in Spring of 2016. 

In addition to replacing the Bonner Bridge NCDOT will also: 

  • Construct a new interim bridge over the breached inlet on Pea Island 

  • Construct a 2.5-mile-long Pamlico Sound bridge, known as a “jug handle,” from the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge into Rodanthe

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Kathleen Argiroff

Kathleen relocated to the Outer Banks of North Carolina with her husband and three children from the Philadelphia and Stone Harbor, NJ areas. One of her greatest pleasures is introducing people to the....

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