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​Plans for this project involved building a 2.4-mile bridge – known as a jug handle – that extends from the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge over the Pamlico Sound into Rodanthe. This design, referred to as the preferred alternative, minimizes impacts to the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, the ocean shoreline, and the community of Rodanthe while maintaining safe and reliable access for area residents and visitors to southern Hatteras Island.

The N.C. Department of Transportation also proposed building a one-lane roundabout (as opposed to a traditional "T" type intersection) at the end of the existing N.C. 12 and relocated N.C. 12 near the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Roundabouts provide a safer intersection with less potential conflict points — areas where drivers are crossing, merging or leaving a road — and reduce congestion and backups​.

Traffic was maintained on N.C. 12 while the new bridge was being built. When construction is completed, the existing roadway would be removed and that land would be returned to the refuge. In Rodanthe, the existing N.C. 12 roadway would remain to provide access to private properties.

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