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.
Construction started in March 2016 on the new bridge, which will be nearly a half-mile long.
Traffic along N.C. 12 will continue to use the existing temporary metal 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 – along with a bridge in Rodanthe that would carry N.C. 12 over the Pamlico Sound – is considered part of Phase II of the Bonner Bridge Replacement Project.
The southern end of the new bridge will be 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 metal bridge, which 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.
What to Expect During Construction
- Daytime lane closures should be expected on N.C. 12 beginning at 7 a.m. on Mondays until 3 p.m. on Fridays Sept. 16 through June 14 for the duration of construction.
- Daytime lane closures are not allowed from June 15 through Sept. 15; however, nighttime lane closures are allowed Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning.
- One lane will remain open during lane closures; however, motorists should allow extra travel time. The open travel lane will not have any width restrictions for emergency vehicles.
- Short, nighttime road closures for up to 30 minutes for deliveries may be needed. Advance notice will be given in these situations. Closures will be timed in order to reduce travel impacts as much as possible.
- Lane closures also are restricted on certain days around holiday travel.
Most recent updates are listed first.
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 underway, and the bridge is expected to open to traffic by late summer 2017.
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.
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.
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Alternatives Study Report (February 2017)
The Alternatives Study Report examines long-term solutions for maintaining access to N.C. 12 at Pea Island. Released in February 2017, the report describes the environmental features of the Phase II Extension study area and informs the analysis that could be necessary for future environmental impact documentation.
Record of Decision (October 2013)
Public Comments on February 2013 Environmental Assessment
General public comments:
E-mails and written comments received in response to a Defenders of Wildlife request of its members:
North Carolina Conservation Network petition:
E-mails and written comments received in response to a Citizens Action Committee to Replace the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge request of its members and friends:
Environmental Assessment (February 2013)
The Environmental Assessment refers to previous environmental documents that were completed for the Bonner Bridge Replacement Project, including the 2008 Final Environmental Impact Statement, 2010 Environmental Assessment and 2010 Record of Decision. Those documents can be found in the Archives section of the Bonner Bridge Replacement Project webpage.
Supporting technical reports:
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