work on the Jug Handle Bridge in northern Rodanthe continues to heat
up, the new Bonner Bridge is inching closer to a late 2018 completion
and opening date.
are still evaluating if there will be any schedule changes due to the
recent storms,” said Tim Haas, NCDOT Public Relations Officer. “[But]
we are still expecting to be complete by the end of the year.”
“We should have a clearer idea of the actual [opening] date in a week or so,” he added.
the bridge is complete, it is expected to open in one-lane stages. For
example, one direction of traffic will be directed to the new bridge
while the other lane is worked on, while traffic in the opposite
direction (north or south) will be directed to the old, current Bonner
are two or three decks on the new Bonner Bridge that still need to be
cast, and a new barrier rail that is being constructed, in addition to
the continual grinding – or smoothing - of decks and approaches.
Utilities to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands have to be moved over to the
new bridge structure as well in the weeks to come.
at the new 2.4-mile “Jug Handle Bridge,” which will extend from
Rodanthe to the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, a platform and
rail system is being constructed to make it easier to move materials
required for the project.
you’re seeing there is not an actual part of the bridge, but the
platform that will allow materials to be sent out to the sound,” said
all work is concentrated on the Rodanthe terminus of the bridge, and
there is no set date on when work at the Pea Island side of the bridge
for the Jug Handle Bridge, or the initial portion of the overall
project, began earlier this summer, and based on the current schedule,
the Jug Handle Bridge is expected to open to traffic by late 2020.
is to be maintained on N.C. Highway 12 while the new Jug Handle Bridge
is being built, and once construction is complete, the existing roadway
in the refuge will be removed, while the existing section of N.C.
Highway 12 in Rodanthe will remain open to provide access to private
new Jug Handle Bridge, along with the Capt. Richard Etheridge Bridge on
Pea Island which was completed in the spring of 2018, is considered
part of the second phase of the overall Bonner Bridge replacement