More than two years
after its groundbreaking, the Bonner Bridge Replacement project is
steadily moving towards its anticipated opening to traffic later this
At the north end of
the project, crews have completed almost 75% of the northern approach.
At the section that will be the bridge’s northern incline, crews are
steadily driving the pilings and installing the caps of the support
structure that will rise to meet the central navigation zone.
Meanwhile, work on
and above the waters of the navigation zone continues as crews steadily
construct the three remaining spans of the bridge’s high rise.
As work on and in the
waters of the navigation zone progresses through May, mariners in the
area should expect periodical closures of the existing marine
navigation channel, and the span south of the main navigation channel,
for a period lasting up to two hours, pending advanced notice from the
U.S. Coast Guard and the North Carolina Department of Transportation
(NCDOT.) An updated list of these closures can be found at
At the southern end
of the project, crews have completed installation of all land-based
girders, and are working north to install the columns, caps, and
girders that will connect the southern incline to the completed
navigation zone structure.
Further south, on Pea
Island, with the protective rock barrier installed and the old roadway
removed, crews are wrapping up work on the new Capt. Richard Etheridge
Bridge. Soon, crews will conduct seeding and mulching to stabilize the
shoulders and ditches of the bridge, and will finish paving and traffic
marking efforts later this spring.
NCDOT urges travelers
in this area to stay alert, wand watch for signs on construction
information and lane closures.
along the Bonner Bridge should expect daytime lane closures Monday
through Friday of N.C. Highway 12. One lane will remain open during
these closures, however motorists should allow extra travel time.
http://www.ncdot.gov/nc12 for more information on the Bonner Bridge
construction project, as well as updates on area traffic information.