Bonner Bridge http://wunc.org en Federal Cuts Slow Dredging, Fishing At Oregon Inlet http://wunc.org/post/federal-cuts-slow-dredging-fishing-oregon-inlet <p></p><p></p><p>Federal budget cuts are making it harder to keep a shipping channel open on the Outer Banks.&nbsp; Fishermen use the channel to get in and out of Oregon Inlet under the Bonner Bridge.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Bob Sattin is the Chief of Operations with the Wilmington District of the Army Corp of Engineers.&nbsp; He said one dredge is working to clear the inlet, but paying for it is a problem.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:11:20 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33771 at http://wunc.org Federal Cuts Slow Dredging, Fishing At Oregon Inlet Bonner Bridge Reopens http://wunc.org/post/bonner-bridge-reopens <p></p><p>The Bonner Bridge reopened to traffic yesterday afternoon.<br /><br />Structural safety concerns caused officials to close the bridge on N.C. 12 earlier this month.&nbsp; However, the North Carolina Department of Transportation engineers deemed the bridge safe for traffic after several sonar scans, driving two test pilings, and multiple inspections over the past week.</p><p>The emergency repair work to add more support to the bridge continues.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:50:15 +0000 Associated Press 27469 at http://wunc.org Bonner Bridge Reopens DOT Secretary And SELC Director Debate Bonner Bridge http://wunc.org/post/dot-secretary-and-selc-director-debate-bonner-bridge <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">The North Carolina Department of Transportation closed the Bonner Bridge last week, leaving Hatteras residents with few options for transportation to and from the mainland. In the wake of the closing, politicians have accused environmentalists of delaying construction of a replacement bridge. Activists say the blame is misplaced and the Department’s delays are at fault.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:36:12 +0000 Frank Stasio & Laura Lee 27137 at http://wunc.org DOT Secretary And SELC Director Debate Bonner Bridge Citizen Hub For Bonner Bridge Info http://wunc.org/post/citizen-hub-bonner-bridge-info <p>When the Bonner Bridge was closed unexpectedly earlier this week, it shocked many Outer Banks residents and tourists. The bridge links the Outer Banks with the mainland. Suddenly it seemed everyone was wondering... How will I do my shopping and my banking? When will the bridge re-open? What will happen next?<br /><br />Many locals are going to a rather unlikely place to get their news: a Facebook page called <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oregon-Inlet-Idiots/112988558787606">Oregon Inlet Idiots</a>. The page was started in 2011 as a place to poke fun at the tourists.<br /> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:00:38 +0000 Carol Jackson 26891 at http://wunc.org Citizen Hub For Bonner Bridge Info How They're Coping On Hatteras Without The Bridge http://wunc.org/post/how-theyre-coping-hatteras-without-bridge <p></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:45:02 +0000 Carol Jackson 26878 at http://wunc.org How They're Coping On Hatteras Without The Bridge Bonner Bridge To Close Immediately http://wunc.org/post/bonner-bridge-close-immediately <p></p><p></p><p><em>Updated 12/4 with video from NCDOT press conference</em></p><p>http://youtu.be/m_eqaj9lBU8</p><p>The <a href="http://www.ncdot.gov/">N.C. Department of Transportation</a> has closed the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet on N.C. 12 along the Outer Banks today due to immediate safety concerns.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:18:27 +0000 Carol Jackson, Frank Stasio & Alex Granados 26758 at http://wunc.org Bonner Bridge To Close Immediately Judge OKs Bonner Bridge Replacement http://wunc.org/post/judge-oks-bonner-bridge-replacement <p>A federal judge has issued a ruling partially clearing the way for a new span to <a href="http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/bonnerbridgereplace/">replace the Bonner Bridge along the Outer Banks</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Activists represented by the <a href="http://www.southernenvironment.org/">Southern Environmental Law Center</a> claim building a new bridge parallel to the existing bridge that links Hatteras Island and the mainland would harm coastal wildlife habitats. They want a longer, more costly bridge further out in Pamlico Sound.<br> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:16:41 +0000 Gurnal Scott 22595 at http://wunc.org Judge OKs Bonner Bridge Replacement State DOT To Begin Repairs To Bonner Bridge http://wunc.org/post/state-dot-begin-repairs-bonner-bridge <p>State Transportation Department officials have tapped a Mt. Airy company to make <a href="http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/bonnerbridgereplace/">repairs to the Bonner Bridge on Highway 12</a>.&nbsp; The bridge in Dare County which crosses Oregon Inlet will have steel supports called "crutch bends" added to counteract years of sand erosion, or scour, that have weathered the structure.&nbsp;<br><br>Pablo Hernandez, an engineer with the state DOT, says the last time this type of repair was done was more than 20 years ago.<br> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:38:16 +0000 Gurnal Scott 19298 at http://wunc.org State DOT To Begin Repairs To Bonner Bridge DOT Awards Bonner Bridge Contract http://wunc.org/post/dot-awards-bonner-bridge-contract <p>The state Department of Transportation has awarded a contract for what it says is the most cost-effective plan to build a new Bonner Bridge. The existing bridge that connects Hatteras Island to the northern Outer Banks is nearly 50 years old and cost the DOT more than $26 million to repair over the last decade. The contract awarded to PCL Civil Constructors and HDR Engineering is the cheapest of the three proposals at $216 million, but also got the lowest technical score from state officials. Wed, 27 Jul 2011 16:51:00 +0000 Will Michaels 8304 at http://wunc.org Contractor to be Selected for Bonner Bridge Construction http://wunc.org/post/contractor-be-selected-bonner-bridge-construction <p></p><p>State officials are accepting bids today for construction of the new Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks. The span will be built just to the west of the current bridge over the Oregon Inlet. Victor Barber works for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. He says three companies will submit bids with the winner being chosen by late this afternoon. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 14:20:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 8336 at http://wunc.org Contractor to be Selected for Bonner Bridge Construction