North Carolina Department of Transportation has recently issued an
advisory for Dare County, its towns, and its residents and visitors to
warn them of large precast construction materials for the Bonner Bridge
replacement that will be traveling through the county to the work site
at Oregon Inlet.
"With the Bonner Bridge replacement project,
there will be large loads of precast members being trucked through Dare
County," NCDOT said in an email. "The members are pilings,
girders, and caps with a potential of approximately 1,000 loads
throughout the duration of the project."
DOT says the project’s precast supplier, Coastal
Precast Systems in Chesapeake, Va., will be shipping the precast
materials across the eastbound span of the Wright Memorial Bridge,
south on U.S. 158 to Whalebone Junction, then south on Highway 12 to
the Bonner Bridge construction site.
The department also adds that the majority of
these shipments will be during nighttime hours during the visitor
season, and predominantly nighttime hours during the off-season. The
shipments will require an oversize/overweight trucking permit with
yellow-light escort vehicles, which will be obtained through NCDOT.
NCDOT has already noted that travelers to
Hatteras Island can expect daytime lane closures at the Bonner Bridge
Monday through Friday until June 13. One lane will remain open during
these closures, but motorists should allow extra time to reach their
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.
Construction on the Bonner Bridge replacement
began in March. The bridge is expected to be open to traffic in
the fall of 2018.