Critical Highway Links to Outer Banks Reopen to Permanent Residents, Essential Personnel Saturday, July 05, 2014

RALEIGH - Bonner Bridge and N.C. 12, the main lifelines to the Outer Banks, are open for traffic. They both re-opened on Saturday, July 5 after NCDOT crews worked throughout July 4 and that night to make sure the highway and bridge were both safe for travel.

“I want to thank our entire team for their service and hard work on the July 4th national holiday to get N.C. 12 and the Bonner Bridge reopened so quickly after the storm," said NCDOT Sec. Tony Tata. "Safety is always our first priority, but we also know how important it is to get our Hatteras Island residents back home, and our beach tourism back on line."

N.C. 12 was impassable due to sand, water and downed power lines left on the road in the wake of Hurricane Arthur. The road was initially closed from south of the Bonner Bridge to Ocracoke Island.

Pockets of sand and water remained on the road at the time of the opening, so drivers were urged to be extra cautious. There was also a single lane condition at the temporary bridge along the route. The lane closure was controlled by a portable traffic signal, which led to delays in the area as thousands of residents, business owners and visitors returned to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.

A scour survey and analysis of the Bonner Bridge conducted by NCDOT crews confirmed that the bridge was safe to reopen. However, there was some loss of sand around the pilings at several locations that will require additional monitoring.

NCDOT provides real-time information about weather and travel conditions through its Twitter feeds and Facebook pages, including the NCDOT Facebook pageN.C. 12 Facebook page and NCDOT Ferry Facebook page. Additional information about the storm is available on the department’s other social media and web-based tools, which are easily accessible on the NCDOT website.


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