Crews at the northern end of the Bonner Bridge
project are steadily making their way south to meet the work underway
of what will be the bridge’s new navigation zone, per the latest update
on the Bonner Bridge project.
Having completed the southern half of the
navigation zone’s new structure, crews are now working to construct the
five northern spans of the structure before connecting the two halves
As work on the navigation zones progresses
between the months of February through May, periodical closures of the
marine navigation channel lasting up to two hours should be expected.
Advanced notice from the U.S. Coast Guard and NCDOT will be available
on these closures, and an updated listing of these closures can be
found online at http://www.ncdot.gov/nc12.
South of the navigation zone, crews are
constructing the columns and installing the caps that will support the
bridge’s southern incline, connecting the navigation zone structure to
the bridge’s southern landing.
Land-based crews are also working to complete
pile driving efforts and construction of the footings and columns that
will support the bridge’s decking to the completed southern approach.
At the site of the newly constructed Pea Island
Interment Bridge, which opened in 2017, the metal framework or the
former “Lego Bridge” has been dismantled, as crews have begun the
process of cutting and clearing the concrete foundations that once
Additionally, crews at the Pea Island site have
also begun removing the lanes of road nearest the new bridge in
preparation to install a protective rock barrier.
NCDOT urges motorists in these areas to stay
alert, obey posted speed limits, and watch signs for construction
information and lane closures.
Those travelling across the Bonner Bridge should
expect daytime lane closures of N.C. Highway 12 Monday through Friday.
One lane will remain open during these lane closures, however,
motorists should allow for extra travel time.
Occasional nighttime road closures lasting up to
30 minutes are also possible. NCDOT will provide notice of these road
closures via various online and social media resources, in addition to
its travel management system, http://www.drivenc.gov.