In 2019, the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge was replaced with the 2.8-mile Marc Basnight Bridge.
Named in honor of the late Sen. Marc Basnight, the bridge is the first built in North Carolina with stainless reinforcing steel. The pilings are longer and deeper in the inlet floor to prevent sand washing away from around the piles. Additionally, the Basnight Bridge is wider to improve safety.
About 1,000 feet of the south end of the Bonner Bridge remains in place for pedestrians. Other portions of the bridge were demolished and used at offshore reef sites in coordination with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.