The N.C. Department of Transportation is working to provide long-term solutions for the two breaches caused by Hurricane Irene in August 2011 along N.C. 12 on the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and in Rodanthe.
Following the breach on the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, NCDOT installed a temporary metal bridge that is now reaching the end of its service life. While NCDOT studies a long-term solution to maintain traffic in this vulnerable location, the temporary metal bridge will be replaced with the N.C. 12 Pea Island Interim Bridge.
NCDOT repaired N.C. 12 following the breach in Rodanthe and is in the process of considering two possible long-term solutions for the breach:
- A bridge that would be built over the existing stretch of N.C. 12
- A bridge that would carry N.C. 12 over the Pamlico Sound
Both bridge projects are considered Phase II of the Bonner Bridge Replacement Project.
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NCDOT first began the process of investing in a replacement bridge in 1989, but construction was delayed for numerous years due to legal challenges - most recently lawsuits filed in 2011 and August 2013 by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of the Defenders of Wildlife and the National Wildlife Refuge Association.
The last of the legal challenges were resolved in August 2015, allowing NCDOT to proceed with plans to replace the Bonner Bridge.
Before & After Photos
Photos of Pea Island and Rodanthe prior to and following breaches. Place your mouse over the image below to see the contrast of each site.
Resources for Local Property Owners
In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.