Dare County releases video update on new bridge construction ....WITH VIDEO
By IRENE NOLAN
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
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
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.