The process of improving and installing new railings on the remaining 1,046 feet of the old Bonner Bridge is well underway, and in a few months, the site will be open to the public for fishing, sightseeing, and strolling, per a recent update from the N.C. Department of Transportation.
The demolition of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet is in its final stages, as well as the corresponding project to convert the southern landing of the former bridge into a fishing pier. This section of the old bridge had previously been used as a staging area for the overall demolition project until late 2020 / early 2021, and now it is being transformed for its new purpose.
The railing will take an estimated 6-8 weeks to install, and additional work on the pier includes removing the old asphalt, building a pathway to the pier, and general site cleanup and stabilization.
The Bonner fishing and sightseeing pier is expected to open sometime in the summer of 2021.