September 10, 2014

DOT temporarily suspends
work on new Pea Island bridge

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is temporarily suspending work on the Pea Island bridge construction on Highway 12. The decision was made jointly with the Federal Highway Administration to allow NCDOT and FHWA to continue to review the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent ruling regarding the Bonner Bridge Replacement Project.

Traffic on Highway 12 will continue to use the current onsite detour while traveling through the project site. No disruptions to traffic are expected.

In its ruling on Aug. 6, the court asked District Court Judge Louise Flanagan to review her decision that FWHA’s Section 4(f) evaluation was completed properly. Section 4(f) is a federal law that governs the evaluation of transportation projects in a wildlife refuge.

The Island Free Press will have more details on this breaking news later today.

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