NCDOT reported that a major milestone was reached on Monday as concrete
was poured on the final road deck of the new Bonner Bridge.
still more to do... but if all goes as planned, we hope to see traffic
on a brand-new Bonner Bridge in mid-January!” said the NCDOT in an
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
the meantime, NCDOT crews will continue work on grinding – or smoothing
- the decks and approaches, and utilities to Hatteras and Ocracoke
islands will have to be moved over to the new bridge structure as well
in the weeks to come.
high-durability concrete, stainless reinforcing steel, and other modern
engineering features, the new Bonner Bridge will have a 100-year life
span. The high-rise portion of the bridge is 3,500 feet long with seven
navigational spans, averaging about 300 feet in width each, which will
also provide more options for navigation under the bridge.
Comparatively, the arched high rise of the existing bridge provides for
only one navigational span with an opening of 130 feet.
new bridge will also feature 12-foot-wide travel lanes and 8-foot-wide
shoulders, which will improve safety across the board. (The current
Bonner Bridge has no shoulders.)
the new bridge is finished, crews will get to work removing the “old”
Bonner Bridge just east of the new site, leaving behind 1,000 feet of
the existing structure at the southern end. This portion of the old
bridge will remain in place and will be open for pedestrians and
fishermen, and the rail will be updated to be more pedestrian-friendly
project in its entirety is set to be completed by September 2019, which
includes about 10 months for the demolition of the original bridge. The
project began with a groundbreaking in March of 2016, and has more or
less remained on schedule throughout the duration of the construction.