March 18, 2014
Pea Island bridge construction will close
New Inlet boat ramp and day-use area parking
part of construction of the permanent Highway 12 bridge over the inlet
created on Pea Island by Hurricane Irene, the N.C. Department of
Transportation has coordinated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
to use the New Inlet boat ramp/sound access parking area and Pea Island
day-use beach access parking area as staging locations for equipment
and materials during the project.
These areas are located
approximately one half-mile and one quarter-mile south of the temporary
bridge and will be closed to the public for the duration of the project
beginning Tuesday, March 18.
A $79.7 million contract was
awarded to Parsons Construction Group in December 2013 for the
2.1-mile-long permanent bridge that will replace the temporary bridge
currently standing where Hurricane Irene breached the highway, in an
area where inlets have historically opened and closed.
The new bridge will be built parallel the existing bridge and is currently scheduled for completion in spring 2016.
earlier this month installed safety fencing and erosion control
measures at the project site and began mobilizing equipment. They have
also begun clearing brush and moving ground for the construction of a
temporary, on-site detour for the project. Traffic will be shifted to
the on-site detour in stages later this spring.
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 about Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge programs, parking and access during the closure, visit www.fws.gov/alligatorriver/spec.html,
call 252-987-2394 or visit the Pea Island Visitor Center, located at
15440 Highway12 in Rodanthe, about four miles south of the Oregon Inlet.
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 Facebook page.