Higher, longer, stronger, the replacement span for the Bonner Bridge nears completions.
Higher, longer, stronger, the replacement span for the Bonner Bridge nears completions.

The news coming from Pea Island about the bridge projects that are ongoing seems pretty positive.

The finishing touches on the replacement for the Bonner Bridge have been moving faster than anticipated. NCDOT had planned on letting traffic begin using the bridge in March. That date has been moved up to later this month.

In conjunction with that this Saturday Dare County and NCDOT are planning a Celebration of the New Bridge. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the north end of the bridge with a blessing and a laying of a wreath to honor the connection between the people of the Outer Banks and Oregon Inlet. 

According to the county’s press release there will be “brief remarks.”

The bridge will be available got pedestrian and bike traffic until 4 p.m.

Bring a camera and bundle up—the forecast for Saturday calls for a brisk north wind and temperatures struggling to get out of the 30s.

The official ribbon cutting for the bridge will be n April.

More Pea Island Bridge News

Jug Handle will bypass the S Curves and keep a vital link between the northern Outer Banks and Hatteras Island open.
Jug Handle will bypass the S Curves and keep a vital link between the northern Outer Banks and Hatteras Island open.

There’s more news on the bridge front coming out of Pea Island.

A group of Rodanthe residents working with some environmental groups had sued to stop construction of the Jug Handle that will bypass the S Curves north of the town.

The complaint was that the environmental review process was rushed and incomplete. Additionally the case said there were alternatives that were not explored.

The district court disagreed and found for NCDOT. The case was appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. That court also found for NCDOT late last month.

Construction had already begun on the last major piece of the Pea Island projects, but putting the case to bed insures it will go forward and should hit its 2020 completion date.

Because of the underwater geology that focuses the ocean’s energy, the S Curves are considered one of the best surf locations on the Outer Banks. However, the energy that creates great surf conditions make the road susceptible to ocean overwash. 

The 2.4 mile bridge will curve into Pamlico Sound, bypassing the S Curves and rejoin NC 12 just north of the Liberty Connivence Store in Rodanthe.

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