New Bonner Bridge 65% Complete per NCDOT March Update
Despite recent weather-related challenges, work on the new
Bonner Bridge continues to progress, with approximately 65% of the project
completed, per the most recent update from the NCDOT.
Nearly a mile of the bridge’s northern approach has been completed,
and crews at the northern end of the bridge project are closing the distance
from the northern landing to the work underway at what will be the bridge’s
northern incline. At this section, crews have poured the first three of 14
footings, and continue their pile driving efforts.
On the waters of the navigation zone, crews are rapidly
constructing the supports and pier tables that will form the second half of the
bridge’s navigation zone.
As work on and above the waters of the navigation zone
progresses through May, mariners in the area can expect periodical closures of
the marine navigation channel for a period lasting up to two hours, pending advanced
notice from the U.S. Coast Guard and NCDOT.
An updated listing of these closures can be found at https://apps.ncdot.gov/newsreleases/details.aspx?r=14790
South of the navigation zone, crews are steadily installing
the columns and caps that will support some of the bridge’s longest and
heaviest collections of girders for the bridge’s southern incline.
Meanwhile, on land, all of the pilings and footings have
been installed, with crews now focusing their efforts on the installation of
the remaining columns and caps, before working to install the remaining land-based
At the site of the new Captain Richard Etheridge Bridge on Pea
Island, crews have completely removed the support structure of the former Lego
Bridge, and have begun installing a protective rock barrier around the new
bridge’s northern and southern approaches.
NCDOT urges motorists in these areas to stay alert and pay
attention to construction signs and possible delays.
During the ongoing construction, drivers should continue to
expect daytime lane closures Monday through Friday, and should allow for extra
travel time accordingly.
In addition, occasional schedule nighttime closures lasting
up to 30 minutes may occur to allow for delivery of construction materials to
the site(s.) NCDOT will provide advanced notice of these road closures via
various online and social media resources, including their Twitter and Facebook
accounts, as well as via their website, https://www.ncdot.gov/traffictravel/.