OREGON INLET, N.C. (WAVY) – After years of fighting with environmental groups, NCDOT says crews will start preparing to build a new Bonner Bridge today on the Outer Banks.
According to a news release, crews will start on the south end of the bridge on Pea Island, weather permitting. Contractors will start putting up erosion control measures and clearing vegetation on both sides of Route 12. They will also add several feet of pavement to the road to allow for traffic to shift during construction.
Much of the current parking lot on the south side of the bridge will be converted to a construction staging area. NCDOT advises drivers to use caution while driving in that area. Look out for construction equipment and big trucks in the area.
Construction on the bridge itself will start in March.
The current Bonner Bridge is years past its original expected lifespan. Crews have put several temporary fixes to keep it stable. They also closed it down for several days after heavy shoaling threatened the structure.