NCDOT to suspend Pea Island bridge construction

Ocean overwash on the south side of the Pea Island temporary bridge on N.C. 12. Sept. 9, 2014 (Photo credit: NC 12 Facebook Page)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The N.C. Department of Transportation says it’s temporarily suspending work on the Pea Island bridge construction on N.C. 12 to allow review of a court ruling on the replacement for the Bonner Bridge.

NCDOT and the Federal Highway Administration reached the decision jointly. It was announced Wednesday.

Traffic on N.C. 12 will continue to use the current detour while traveling through the project site. No disruptions are expected.

Last month, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected North Carolina’s plan to replace the Bonner Bridge without rerouting N.C. 12 away from the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

The state wants to spend $216 million to replicate the Bonner Bridge. Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit to block construction, favoring instead a 17-mile bridge that would bypass the refuge.

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