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Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Construction
  • County: Dare
  • Type of Project: Bridge Replacement
  • STIP Number: B-2500A
  • Start Date: March 2016
  • Completion Date: April 2017
  • Estimated Cost: $14.3 million
  • Project Team: T.A. Loving Co.
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Project Overview

The interim Pea Island Bridge will replace a temporary metal bridge that was constructed on N.C. 12 to restore traffic following a breach caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011.

The new bridge will be just under a half-mile long – with the southern end located 1,100 feet south of the existing bridge – and will have two 12-foot-wide lanes and 4-foot-wide shoulders on each side.

In comparison, the temporary bridge is 663 feet long, has two 12-foot-wide lanes and no shoulders.

The new bridge will include 47 spans – each 50 feet in length – and will have the same elevation as the highest point of the existing temporary bridge.

Traffic along N.C. 12 will continue to use the existing temporary bridge while construction is underway. Although there will occasionally be lane shifts and lane closures throughout construction, the road will remain open to traffic.

The project is one of two projects south of Oregon Inlet that make up Phase II of the Bonner Bridge Replacement Project. The N.C. 12 Pea Island Interim Bridge is considered Phase IIa.

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Project Background

In Spring 2014, NCDOT started work on a permanent bridge along N.C. 12 on Pea Island to replace the temporary metal bridge constructed after Hurricane Irene.

Legal Challenges

Work, however, was suspended Sep. 9, 2014, when NCDOT became involved in lawsuits filed by agencies represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center over the replacement of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge.

As part of a settlement agreement, announced in June 2015, NCDOT agreed to cancel the permanent Pea Island bridge project and move forward with building an interim bridge at this location. The interim bridge, which will be easier to maintain than the metal temporary bridge, will provide safe access for the area while NCDOT performs a study of permanent solutions for maintaining access at Pea Island.

Construction Project Awarded

In November 2015, NCDOT awarded at $14.3 million contract to T.A. Loving Co., of Goldsboro, for the interim bridge project. Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2016 and is expected to be open to traffic by April 2017.


Preliminary work began in December 2015, and in February 2016, crews will begin bringing in materials for construction. These include pipeline that will be used to supply water to the site that will be used to install the bridge pilings. Wooden mats for the ground will allow crews to drive and move equipment up to and along the construction site.

Contact Information

Pablo Hernandez, P.E.
Resident Engineer

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(252) 473-3637
349 Water Plant Road
Unit B
Manteo, N.C. 27954

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.