Department of Transportation has awarded a design-build contract to
construct a new bridge at Rodanthe. The winning design-build team is
Flatiron Constructors, Inc., of Broomfield, Colo., who submitted a
bid of $145,336,271.
bridge, known as a “jug handle”, will
extend from the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife
Refuge over the Pamlico Sound into Rodanthe. The new bridge will be a
long-term solution to keep Highway 12 open through an area that is
prone to severe storm damage.
highway connection is another major milestone for the Outer Banks,”
acting transportation secretary Mike Holder said. “This new
bridge will eliminate travel disruptions caused by beach erosion and
storm breaches that have resulted in access issues at one of the most
vulnerable sections of N.C. 12 for years."
In December, the
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued the last environmental
document for the project, which gives final approval to move forward
with construction and allows the NCDOT to award the contract for
design and construction.
excited that this long-awaited project will finally begin,” said
division engineer Jerry Jennings. “It’s great news for the people
who live, work and visit the Outer Banks via N.C.12. It’s
been a long-time coming and we are anxious to get started.”
permitting is expected to take about one year to complete.
Construction will begin afterwards, and could start as early as
January 2018. Based on Flatiron’s schedule, the bridge is expected
to open to traffic by early summer 2020, approximately a year earlier
than the NCDOT’s previously anticipated completion date.
“This is a
terrific project for the N.C. 12 transportation corridor,” said
board of transportation member Malcolm Fearing. “The construction
of the new jug handle bridge will alleviate travel disruptions caused
by storm damage and foster the free flow of traffic through the
method allows the design, environmental permitting, utility
relocation and construction to take place under one contract, which
reduces overall construction time, helps the department avoid cost
inflation, lessens environmental impact and alleviates driving delays
Rodanthe "jug handle" bridge is the third leg of the Bonner
Bridge replacement project.
of the Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet began in the spring, and it
is expected to be open for traffic in the fall of 2018.
temporary bridge over Pea Island Inlet, opened in 2011 by Hurricane
Irene, is also underway and is expected to be completed in May.