National Park Service Approves Plan by NCDOT to Build Portion
of New “Jug Handle” Bridge North of Rodanthe
National Park Service (NPS) has approved a plan submitted by the North
Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to improve transportation
on Hatteras Island via the new “Jug Handle” bridge, north of Rodanthe.
A special use permit and highway easement deed will be issued by the
NPS for NCDOT’s construction of a 2.3 mile-long bridge, partially
located within Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was recently signed by Robert
Vogel, the Director of the Southeast Region of the National Park
Service, completing the National Environmental Policy Act and National
Historic Preservation Act reviewing and consulting requirements.
has already begun to build, outside NPS boundaries, the 2.3 mile-long
“Jug Handle” bridge as part of a suite of long-term transportation
solutions on Hatteras Island. The new bridge will reroute N.C. Highway
12 in the Pamlico Sound to avoid the S-Curves area at Mirlo Beach in
Rodanthe, an area that routinely experiences ocean overwash.
150 feet of the 2.3 mile-long bridge, located at the northernmost
section of soundside construction adjacent to Pea Island National
Wildlife Refuge, will be constructed inside NPS boundaries. The
remainder of the bridge will be built within the refuge and submerged
lands owned by the State of North Carolina.