June 2, 2016

Dare County releases video update on new bridge construction


Dare County has released another update on the construction of two bridges along Highway 12 on Hatteras Island -- the new Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet and the new temporary bridge over the Pea Island Inlet.

This newest video documents the first piling for the Bonner replacement, which was driven into the sand in the inlet on May 11, the concrete panels that are being constructed on northern Pea Island which will form part of the southern approach to the new span, and information for travelers who need to use the highway during the construction.

At the site of the new temporary -- or interim --  bridge on Pea Island, construction crews are driving pilings and installing girders and the bridge deck for that new span.

The videos are being produced by Dare County's public relations department for the Government Channel, which is Channel 191 for Charter Cable subscribers on Hatteras Island.


According to the N.C. Department of Transportation travelers to and from Hatteras Island can expect daytime lane closures at the Bonner Bridge 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.

Construction on the Bonner Bridge replacement began in March.  The bridge is expected to be open to traffic in the fall of 2018.

Construction also began in March on the new interim bridge on Pea Island.  It is expected to be open for traffic in April of next year.

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