Dare County has released its
second Bonner Bridge video update
Wednesday, April 13, Dare County released the second
of what will become regular and frequent updates for the public on the
construction of the Bonner Bridge replacement and the Pea Island Inlet
The first video was released shortly after March
8, the day that the construction officially began with a
"groundbreaking" ceremony attended by Gov. Pat McCrory and a host of
other federal, state, and local officials and members of the public,
especially the Hatteras Island community.
Dorothy Hester, the county's director of public
information, says that the videos are being made by the county Public
Relations Department for the Government Channel -- Channel 20 for
Charter Cable subscribers on Hatteras Island.
The Government Channel is a collaboration of Dare
County and the county's municipalities to disseminate news and
"We're trying to do more work for the government
channel that can be used in other media," Hester said about the bridge
This update notes that new travel lanes have been
widened and paved at both the Bonner project site on northern Hatteras
Island and the Pea Island Inlet site. And a loading dock has been
constructed at the south end of the Bonner Bridge for delivery of
The first pilings were driven for the Pea Island
Interim Bridge in mid-April and the first piling is expected to be
driven for the Bonner Bridge in late April.
This second update also has information for
Daytime lane closures should be expected on
Highway 12 Monday through Friday during daylight hours until June 13.
One lane will remain open during these closures, but motorists should
allow extra time to reach their destinations.
Daytime lane closures are not allowed June 14
through Sept. 14.
However, nighttime lane closures, lasting up to
30 minutes, will be allowed from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following
morning for the delivery of equipment. These lane closures will be well
publicized ahead of time.
NCDOT is working with the U.S. Coast Guard and
the local boating community to keep them informed of any construction
activities and potential impacts to the navigation span at the existing
bridge. Any impacts to navigation will be to ensure the safety of the
boaters and will be for short periods of time.
Hester said there probably won't be another video
update until sometime in May, but as the projects get rolling, Dare
County will do updated videos twice a month or even every week if