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
January 2017, the N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a
design-build contract to Flatiron Constructors, Inc. to build the
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
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.
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
Also considered was a third alignment, the 2014A Bridge on New Location Alternative.