Ribbon cutting marking the official naming of the Marc Basnight Bridge, the new bridge over Oregon Inlet.
Ribbon cutting marking the official naming of the Marc Basnight Bridge, the new bridge over Oregon Inlet.

The Marc Basnight Bridge is officially named. From here on out that will be the name of the bridge over Oregon Inlet. The official name was recognized at the ribbon cutting ceremony on April 2.

It was a fitting day to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new bridge over Oregon Inlet. A nor’easter was forming offshore and the wind and rain were increasing in intensity through the afternoon ceremony. North Carolina Governor Cooper called attention to the weather saying, “This is the perfect day because it shows the resilience and the determination of the people of the Outer Banks.”

The tent where the ceremony was held was filled to capacity. Speakers—and there were a lot of them—were for the most part brief and to the point.

A number of the officials who came to the podium talked about Marc Basnight and what he had meant for the Outer Banks and eastern North Carolina.

Who Was Senator Marc Basnight

State Senator Basnight represented Dare County in the state legislature for many years and was the longest serving Senate Pro Tem in the North Carolina history. He retired in 2011 because of health concerns.

Allen Moran the current District 1 representative on the North Carolina Board of Transportation spoke emotionally about Senator Basnight, who is his father-in-law.

Governor Cooper recalled how helpful the Senator was when he was first elected. He talked about the Senator’s passion for education and roads saying he wanted to make “…sure there was a good road out here to the Outer Banks so that tens of thousands of people would be able to come out here…”

NCDOT Secretary Jim Trogdon gave a good perspective on how long it took to finally get a new bridge across Oregon Inlet. He had worked for the Seantaor a number of years ago and he recalled one of his first tasks.

“I think it was May of 2004 when he asked me to work on it. I thought it was a four week project,” he said. “I ended up being mistaken,” he added.

The new bridge is open and the weather is getting better every day on the Outer Banks. Come for a visit and stay with Brindley Beach Vacations.