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Project History

July 28, 2022: Opened to Traffic​

The N.C. Department of Transportation officially opened the Rodanthe ‘Jug Handle’ Bridge to traffic on July 28, 2022. While the bridge is open to traffic, work remains to remove pavement and sandbags from the bypassed portion of N.C. 12 in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

April 2017 Public Meeting & Comment

NCDOT held a public meeting on April 27, 2017, to present a design modification proposed at the southerly landfall of the bridge over the Pamlico Sound between N.C. 12 in Rodanthe and the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. It also presented a modified project map. Public comment was received until May 11, 2017.

Design-Build Contract Awarded

In January 2017, the N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a design-build contract to Flatiron Constructors, Inc. to build the Rodanthe Bridge.

The design-build method allows the design, environmental permitting, utility relocation and construction to take place under one contract, which reduces overall construction time, helps the department avoid cost inflation, lessens environmental impact and alleviates driving delays for motorists.

Record of Decision Issued

The Federal Highway Administration issued the Record of Decision on Dec. 15, 2016, making way for NCDOT to award a contract for design and construction of a new permanent bridge.

Required under the National Environmental Policy Act, the 263-page Record of Decision explains why NCDOT selected the design for the project and discusses other alternatives considered during the planning and design process. It also includes responses to public and resource agency comments received at and following public hearings in Ocracoke, Rodanthe and Manteo in June 2016.

June 2016 Public Meeting & Comment

NCDOT presented the 2014A Bridge on New Location Alternative at public hearings June 20-22, 2016, in Ocracoke, Rodanthe and Manteo. Responses to public and resource agency comments received at and following the public hearings are included in the Record of Decision.

Preferred Alternative Identified

NCDOT identified the 2014B Bridge on New Location Alternative as the preferred alternative in the revised Environmental Assessment, approved by the Federal Highway Administration on May 24, 2016.

The original Environmental Assessment, released in December 2013, identified the Bridge Within Existing N.C. 12 Easement as the preferred alternative. It was later revised in response to comments from environmental resource and regulatory agencies and the public.

The 2014B Bridge on New Location Alternative's alignment is closer to the shoreline than the 2013 Bridge on New Location Alternative assessed in the 2013 Environmental Assessment. The two alignments are virtually identical on land in Rodanthe and in the refuge. The alignment change in the Pamlico Sound was made to minimize impacts to submerged aquatic vegetation.

Also considered was a third alignment, the 2014A Bridge on New Location Alternative.

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