Officials provide update on Bonner Bridge construction

The new Bonner Bridge near Pea Island on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Officials were expected to give an update on the project's status. Credit: WAVY/Matt Gregory.

DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — Officials in North Carolina provided a construction update Tuesday morning to the Bonner Bridge replacement project.

Gov. Pat McCrory broke ground on the project in early March. Work on the $246 million project is expected to be completed in late 2018.

Officials noted Tuesday that construction was recently halted, as crews had to move construction equipment as a precaution from Hurricane Matthew. Construction is back underway.

Tuesday Secretary of Transportation Nick Tennyson said the storm created no real set backs. Except a few construction barges that got loose.

“They ended up floating away and they were ran aground on the sound side and the contractor had to get them back,” he explained.

Photos: Officials break ground on new Bonner Bridge

The project calls for a new, parallel bridge to eventually replace the aging Bonner Bridge.

Officials say the original Bonner Bridge was built 52 years ago, and created a connection between Hatteras Island and mainland North Carolina. McCrory has called the new bridge a “a lifeline for Hatteras Island.”

Secretary Tennyson said 15 percent of the construction has been completed. The next big phase will be the concrete decking for the bridge placed at the south and north approaches to Route 12. That will begin in early 2017.

When the project is completed in 2018, the old bridge will be demolished by September 2019.

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