Contract awarded for new temporary bridge on Pea Island
Construction will begin soon on the new interim bridge along Highway 12 at Pea Island in Dare County.
N.C. Department of Transportation today awarded a $14.3 million
contract to T.A. Loving Co. of Goldsboro, N.C., for the construction of
a new concrete bridge that will replace the existing metal temporary
bridge constructed in 2011 at New Inlet following Hurricane Irene.
can begin as early as Nov. 30, with completion scheduled by April 12,
2017. A $5,000 per-day penalty will be incurred for every day the new
bridge is not open to traffic after April 12, 2017.
part of the settlement agreement to replace the aging Bonner Bridge
with a new parallel bridge, NCDOT agreed to cancel construction of a
permanent structure, prepare a report, and work with the Federal
Highway Administration (FHWA) and a merger team -- made up of local and
federal regulatory agencies -- to determine the preferred alternative,
long-term solution for Pea Island.
this point in time the state is not pursuing or recommending one
specific option for a permanent solution over any other,” said NCDOT
Secretary Nick Tennyson. “We are pleased to award this contract and
begin construction as we work collaboratively to identify the best
possible long-term Pea Island solution for connectivity and safety.”
existing temporary bridge is 663 feet long, has two 12-foot-wide lanes
and no shoulders. The new bridge will be just under a half-mile long,
with the southern end 1,100 feet south of the existing temporary
bridge. It will have two 12-foot-wide lanes and 4-foot-wide shoulders
on each side. The new bridge will include 47 spans, each 50 feet in
length, and will have the same elevation as the highest point of the
existing temporary bridge.
along Highway 12 will continue to use the existing temporary bridge
while construction is underway. There will be lane shifts and lane
closures in place occasionally throughout construction. However, the
road will remain open to traffic.
new interim bridge will be easier to maintain than the existing
temporary bridge and will allow for better access to and from
communities along the Outer Banks until a long-term solution can be
spring of 2014, NCDOT began construction of a permanent bridge on Pea
Island to replace the current temporary bridge. DOT suspended work on
the Pea Island Bridge on Sept. 9, 2014, while the department and groups
represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center were in
negotiations regarding an agreement allowing for the replacement of the
part of the settlement, announced in June 2015, NCDOT agreed to cancel
the permanent Pea Island bridge project and move forward with
constructing an interim temporary bridge, while the department prepares
a report and works with FHWA to identify possible long-term options for
protecting Highway 12 in this location. The report, which is expected
to be complete by early 2017, will look at all options including those
carrying Highway 12 along Pea Island, as well as options for carrying
the road over the Pamlico Sound.
adjust for the cancellation of the permanent Pea Island bridge project,
crews will remove the wider sections of Highway 12 on both ends of the
temporary bridge that were constructed as an on-site detour for the
previous project. The original alignment of Highway 12 approaching the
bridge in both directions will also be restored to their original