Per the latest video update from the NCDOT, crews
at the Bonner Bridge project are getting closer to working on the
southern and northern inclines that will eventually connect the
in-process segments of the new bridge.
At the northern end of the Bonner Bridge project,
having completed 25 spans stretching for .75 miles, crews are steadily
making their way south to meet with the work already underway of what
will be the bridge’s northern incline.
Meanwhile, out in the waters of the inlet, crews
have completed half of the navigation zone’s new structure. Over the
next couple of months, as work on the navigation zone progresses north,
mariners in the area can expect closures in the current navigational
channel for a period lasting up to two hours. Advance notice of
closures will be given by the Coast Guard and the NCDOT.
South of the navigation zone, the last
water-based footing has been poured, and with the addition of another
crane to the project, crews are expected to begin installation of the
columns and caps that will support the bridge’s southern incline in the
Further south, traffic on the newly completed Pea
Island Bridge is flowing freely in its final pattern, as work is
underway to remove the now obsolete “Lego Bridge,” as well as the
former roadway leading to it.
NCDOT advises that travelers along the Bonner
Bridge should expect daytime closures from Monday to Friday. One lane
will remain open during these closures, however travelers should allow
for extra time when necessary. Nighttime closures up to 30 minutes are
also possible, however advance notice will be given via NCDOT social
media channels and other outlets.