March 5, 2014
Construction underway on permanent
bridge at Pea Island Inlet
with the N.C. Department of Transportation and Parsons Construction
Group Inc. of Greenville, S.C., have begun preliminary work for the
construction of the permanent N.C. 12 bridge on Pea Island in Dare
Installation of safety fencing and erosion control
measures began last week. Crews this week will begin mobilizing
equipment to the project site. They will also begin clearing brush and
moving ground for the construction of a temporary, on-site detour for
the project. Traffic is currently scheduled to be shifted to the
on-site detour in stages starting later this month.
permanent bridge will replace the temporary bridge currently standing
where Hurricane Irene breached the highway in 2011, in an area where
inlets have historically opened and closed. The new bridge will be
built parallel to the existing bridge.
A $79.7 million contract
was awarded to Parsons Construction Group in December 2013 for the
project. As part of the bid, the contractor committed to completing the
work within 800 calendar days, or approximately two years and two
months. The new bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in spring 2016.
are advised to use caution while traveling in the area. NCDOT reminds
motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert, and
obey the posted speed limit.
For more information on this and
other projects along the Outer Banks, visit the NCDOT N.C. 12 Facebook
Page. For information on ferry service to and from Hatteras Island, as
well as other NCDOT ferry routes, visit the NCDOT Ferry Division