Bonner Bridge to Close Immediately
Out of immediate concern for the safety of travelers in the Outer Banks, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has closed the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on N.C. 12 over the Oregon Inlet. NCDOT crews have been monitoring the state of the bridge since recent routine sonar scanning revealed excessive scouring – sand erosion from around the support structures. Steps for emergency repair are already underway, and work will begin as soon as possible. The bridge will remain closed until repairs are completed.
An emergency ferry route between Rodanthe and Stumpy Point began full operation on Dec. 4. Motorists at both terminals should expect short-to-moderate wait times. Ferry tolls are waived for riders while the route is in operation. At full capacity, this route can transport up to 760 single cars per day (380 from each side).
Run Added to Pamlico Sound Schedule
To allow extra access and reduce congestion to and from the mainland, an additional round-trip run between Ocracoke and Swan Quarter is now in effect.
For emergency schedule information visit the NCDOT Ferry Division page.
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.
Read the news release
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.
Photos from the Bonner Bridge repair project.