Crossing the temproary bridge on Pea Island. Construction has begun on a half mile replacement span.

Just in time for Christmas NCDOT has just sent out a list of upcoming projects for Outer Banks roads and bridges that almost qualifies as a Christmas list. Most of the projects have been under consideration for some time, but it looks as though some of them have been moved up.

Here’s a quick recap of what’s happening out there in Outer Banks road construction:

Pea Island-It didn’t take NCDOT long at all to get moving following their agreement with the SELC to resolve law suits for the replacement of the Bonner Bridge. First up is a replacement for the temporary bridge at New Inlet. Construction has already begun.

Mid Currituck Bridge-This is the big news item. The timeline on the long-sought bypass to the traffic morass at the end of the Wright Brothers Bridge has been moved up two years with a 2017 ground breaking scheduled. It’s a sure bet, though, that environmental lawsuits will be filed.

2017 Bridge Work-There are three projects planned for 2017.

The eastbound Wright Memorial Bridge is due for a fairly extensive rehab that will include a new deck overlay and concrete repairs. According to NCDOT, work will include lane closures, but unlike the repaving of the westbound bridge, the bridge itself will not be closed. 

The Virginia Dare Bridge, which is the newest Outer Banks bridge have the pavement resealed and other minor work done.

On the approach to the Outer Banks, the Alligator River Bridge will have some fairly extensive repairs and rehabilitation done. Plans had called for a replacement bridge as part of a larger roads project to improve US64, but that project has been put on hold, so extending the life of the bridge has become a priority.

All three projects are planned for 2017 but no specific date has been set.