The North Carolina Department of
Transportation is planning a series on public hearings on the Outer
Banks from June 20 - 22 on its preferred alternative for bridging a
troublesome "hot spot" along Highway 12 in north Rodanthe
and S-curves on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Last month, the
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved the revised
Environmental Assessment for the Rodanthe bridge, a key step toward
constructing a new permanent bridge for Highway 12 in northern
preferred alternative is a bridge on a new location includes a
2.4-mile-long bridge known as a “jug handle,” extending from the
southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge over the
Pamlico Sound into Rodanthe. This is a change from 2014 when its
preferred alternative was a bridge within the existing easement of
Highway 12 from Pea Island into north Rodanthe.
20. Ocracoke Community Center. 999 Irvin Garrish Highway. 4 to 7
Tuesday, June 21,
Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center. 23186 Myrna Peters Road in
Rodanthe. 4 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 22. Dare
County Administration Building, Room 168, 954 Marshall Collins
Drive, Manteo. 4 to 7 p.m.
There will be no
formal presentations at the meetings. NCDOT representatives will be
available to answer questions and receive comments. Interested
citizens may attend at any time during the open-house hours and DOT
says they are encouraged to ask questions and share their ideas and
comments with staff members. There will be opportunity to submit
Comments will be
accepted by NCDOT through Friday, July 15.
information, call the project's toll-free number 1-866-803-0529 or
contact Drew Joyner, NCDOT human environment section at 1598 Mail
Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1598, by phone at 919-707-6077, or
by email at [email protected].
about the Rodanthe Bridge, Phase IIb of the Bonner Bridge Replacement
Project, is available at www.ncdot.gov/projects/bonnerbridgephase2/