NCDOT closes Bonner Bridge due to safety concerns - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

NCDOT closes Bonner Bridge due to safety concerns

Posted: Updated:
The Bonner Bridge is a 2.5-mile span over the Oregon Inlet to Hatteras Island that connects as many as 13,000 vehicles with a road to the mainland. The Bonner Bridge is a 2.5-mile span over the Oregon Inlet to Hatteras Island that connects as many as 13,000 vehicles with a road to the mainland.
OREGON INLET, N.C. -

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has closed the Bonner Bridge, the only road link to the Hatteras Island portion of the Outer Banks.

NCDOT completed inspections of the bridge Friday and Saturday and found the waters in the inlet have scoured out sand around the base of supports at the southern end of the bridge, which carries N.C. Highway 12 to the barrier island. As a result, department officials decided to immediately close the bridge of the safety of those who cross it.

"Closing the Bonner Bridge is necessary to keep all travelers safe, but we know it will have a devastating effect on the people who live along and visit the Outer Banks," said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. "We will work to safely reopen this vital lifeline quickly, and hope to be able to begin construction on a new bridge as soon as possible."

NCDOT declared a state of emergency as a way of expediting the repair process. The bridge will remain closed until the department can bring in additional resources to inspect the bridge and make necessary repairs.

Until it is safe to reopen, the NCDOT Ferry Division will provide emergency support to move people and cars across the Pamlico Sound.

All tolls in place on the Ocracoke-Swan Quarter and Ocracoke-Cedar Island ferry routes will be waived for residents, emergency personnel and vendors while the bridge is closed.

In September, a federal judge approved plans for a parallel span to replace the aging Bonner Bridge.

NCDOT said it has spent more than $56 million in repairs and maintenance over the past two decades on the 50-year-old bridge.

Two additional repair projects on the Bonner Bridge, which total $2 million, and are needed to keep this critical transportation corridor open, began this fall.

RELATED STORIES

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Meriwether County man murdered during apparent robbery

    Meriwether County man murdered during apparent robbery

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:41:56 GMT
    Two individuals believed to be connected with a Meriwether County murder were caught on surveillance camera in Newnan.Two individuals believed to be connected with a Meriwether County murder were caught on surveillance camera in Newnan.
    Local and state investigators release surveillance images of suspects believed to be connected with a Meriwether County murder investigation.
    Local and state investigators release surveillance images of suspects believed to be connected with a Meriwether County murder investigation.
  • 16-year-old girl stabs another 65 times after nude photos posted on Facebook

    16-year-old girl stabs another 65 times after nude photos posted on Facebook

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-04-02 19:29:36 GMT
    A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources.  Anel Baez,
    A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources.  Anel Baez,
  • Clemson student suddenly dies from infection

    Clemson student suddenly dies from infection

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:38 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:38:27 GMT
    Virginia GilliamVirginia Gilliam
    A Mount Pleasant family is grieving the loss of their 18-year-old daughter and sister after she dies suddenly while away at school in the up state. Clemson freshman Virginia Gilliam died on August 24 after what started out as a urinary tract infection."Anybody that knew Virginia, knew she saw the world through a child's eyes. Again, I knew that, my family knew that and I'm not a big social media guy but since then I've just been seeing all this out pouring," Herb Gilliam. Social Media he says...
    A Mount Pleasant family is grieving the loss of their 18-year-old daughter and sister after she dies suddenly while away at school in the up state. Clemson freshman Virginia Gilliam died on August 24 after what started out as a urinary tract infection."Anybody that knew Virginia, knew she saw the world through a child's eyes. Again, I knew that, my family knew that and I'm not a big social media guy but since then I've just been seeing all this out pouring," Herb Gilliam. Social Media he says...
Powered by WorldNow

5912 Hwy. 49, Ste. A
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Telephone: 601.545.2077
Fax: 601.545.3589
Email: newsroom@whlt.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.