Intermittent daytime lane closures are possible on the newly opened Rodanthe Bridge in the next few weeks, as work continues to connect electric, phone, and internet transmission lines onto the new structure, per an update from Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC).
“Our work to install the conduit and hanger system under the Rodanthe ‘Jug Handle’ bridge is complete and our contractor, New River Electrical, is working to install our new transmission cables,” stated CHEC in an online update. “Now that the bridge is open, these cable pulls will require some brief daytime lane closures during the week, Monday through Friday afternoons, for the next few weeks.”
“Thank you for your patience and understanding as our hard-working crews are doing all they can to continue to provide you the best service possible while staying safe themselves.”
Drivers can visit www.DriveNC.gov for updates on lane closures, and should allow for extra travel time as needed when crossing the new bridge.
The N.C. Department of Transportation officially opened the Rodanthe ‘Jug Handle’ Bridge to traffic on Thursday, July 28.
The new 2.4-mile bridge extends over Pamlico Sound between the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and the village of Rodanthe, bypassing a section of N.C. Highway 12 that is extremely vulnerable to ocean overwash.
After CHEC’s work is complete, pavement and sandbags on the bypassed section of N.C. Highway 12 will be removed, allowing it to return to its natural state. The road removal project is expected to be complete by the end of November.