Bonner Bridge

Environment
9:11 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Federal Cuts Slow Dredging, Fishing At Oregon Inlet

Federal funding cuts are limiting the state's ability to dredge the Oregon Inlet.
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Federal budget cuts are making it harder to keep a shipping channel open on the Outer Banks.  Fishermen use the channel to get in and out of Oregon Inlet under the Bonner Bridge. 

Bob Sattin is the Chief of Operations with the Wilmington District of the Army Corp of Engineers.  He said one dredge is working to clear the inlet, but paying for it is a problem.

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Bonner Bridge
8:50 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Bonner Bridge Reopens

The Bonner Bridge has been reopened to traffic after safety tests.
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The Bonner Bridge reopened to traffic yesterday afternoon.

Structural safety concerns caused officials to close the bridge on N.C. 12 earlier this month.  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.

The emergency repair work to add more support to the bridge continues.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue December 10, 2013

DOT Secretary And SELC Director Debate Bonner Bridge

SELC's Derb Carter (left) and NC DOT's Tony Tata in the WUNC Durham Studios for The State of Things. Engineer Robin Copley adjusts the microphones.
Credit Carol Jackson / WUNC

Derb Carter, director of the Chapel Hill office of the Southern Environmental Law Center and Tony Tata, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation discuss the Bonner Bridge controversy

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. 

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Bonner Bridge Closure
4:00 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Citizen Hub For Bonner Bridge Info

A Prius gets stuck in sand on Outer Banks
Credit Oregon Inlet Idiots

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?

Many locals are going to a rather unlikely place to get their news: a Facebook page called Oregon Inlet Idiots. The page was started in 2011 as a place to poke fun at the tourists.

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Bonner Bridge Closure
12:45 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

How They're Coping On Hatteras Without The Bridge

Locals feel absence of Bonner Bridge
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Phil Beck has heard it all. He's a part time cashier at Marilyn's Deli in Rodanthe. Just about everyone who comes to his register wants to talk about the unexpected closure of the Bonner Bridge. "They want to know an answer, how long is it gonna take [to open the bridge]?  Most of the customers, they ask me 'What do you know?' "

As he spoke by phone, he paused to ring up a customer. "$4.38 please. Oh, no worries, I've got the other penny."

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Developing
10:18 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Bonner Bridge To Close Immediately

Herbert C Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet
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Updated 12/4 with video from NCDOT press conference

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Politics & Government
4:16 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Judge OKs Bonner Bridge Replacement

Aerial view of the Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet along the Outer Banks
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A federal judge has issued a ruling partially clearing the way for a new span to replace the Bonner Bridge along the Outer Banks

Activists represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center 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.

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Politics & Government
5:38 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

State DOT To Begin Repairs To Bonner Bridge

Bonner Bridge in 2008, before Hurricane
NCDOT

State Transportation Department officials have tapped a Mt. Airy company to make repairs to the Bonner Bridge on Highway 12.  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. 

Pablo Hernandez, an engineer with the state DOT, says the last time this type of repair was done was more than 20 years ago.

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Politics & Government
12:51 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

DOT Awards Bonner Bridge Contract

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.

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Politics & Government
10:20 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Contractor to be Selected for Bonner Bridge Construction

The Bonner Bridge connects Bodie and Hatteras Islands
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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.

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