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
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 page, N.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