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NCDOT Reopens Bonner Bridge

As of Sunday, Dec. 15, The Herbert C. Bonner Bridge is now open to traffic. After several sonar scans, tests and inspections, NCDOT engineers have deemed the bridge safe for traffic while emergency repairs continue. Emergency ferry routes were employed when State Transportation Secretary Tony Tata made the decision to close the bridge on Dec. 3, after scans revealed excessive sand erosion, or scour, around some of the support columns.

Aggressive dredging Dec. 7-8 allowed crews to pump sand from Oregon Inlet around the affected columns to provide support. Motorists may experience short-term closures on the bridge in the coming weeks while crews work to install sandbags and devices called A-Jacks in the erosion area to provide additional support to the structure and prevent further scour. NCDOT engineers will continue to closely monitor the bridge through weekly inspections and sonar scans.

NCDOT will continue to update the public on this situation online and via its N.C. 12 Facebook page and N.C. 12 Twitter account.

NC Highway 12 is the only north-south highway along North Carolina’s Outer Banks (OBX), part of a chain of barrier islands along the state’s coast. This two-lane road is a vital connection for residents and visitors from the northernmost point in Corolla south to Cedar Island on the mainland. The Herbert C. Bonner Bridge carries NC 12 over the Oregon Inlet, but North Carolina’s Ferry System, which has played a significant role in the highway’s history, still provides the only link to Ocracoke Island. The unique culture and landscape of the communities along this route have also earned it recognition as a scenic byway on a state and national level.

NCDOT’s mission is to connect people to places throughout the state. This page serves as the hub for the latest news on improvement projects and travel conditions for the thousands of residents and visitors who travel this highway every day, as well as the many destinations along the way.

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Photos from the Bonner Bridge repair project.