The interim Pea Island bridge replaces a temporary metal bridge that the N.C. Department of Transportation built on N.C. 12 to restore traffic following a breach caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011.
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.
Construction started in March 2016 on the nearly half-mile interim Pea Island bridge, and it opened to traffic Nov. 14, 2017. Additional work on roadway shoulders, landscaping and the dismantling and removal of the temporary metal bridge is set to be complete in March 2018.
The southern end of the interim bridge is 1,100 feet south of the existing bridge and has 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 includes 47 spans – each 50 feet in length – and has the same elevation as the highest point of the existing temporary bridge.
In Spring 2014, the N.C. Department of Transportation started work on a permanent bridge along N.C. 12 on Pea Island to replace a temporary metal bridge that was built after Hurricane Irene in 2011.
Work, however, was suspended Sept. 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.
In November 2015, NCDOT awarded a $14.3 million contract to T.A. Loving Co., of Goldsboro, and the interim bridge opened to traffic Nov. 14, 2017.
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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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Resources for Local Property Owners
Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.