Rodanthe-Bridge-052416-e1464141190521Raleigh – The NC Department of Transportation will hold a series of meetings along the lower Outer Banks for public input on a proposed bridge on Pea Island around the Rodanthe area.

Officials are seeking public comment on their preferred option — a 2.4-mile-long bridge known as a “jug handle”– extending from the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge over the Pamlico Sound into Rodanthe.

This design is preferred over a bridge along the existing route of N.C. 12 because it 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.

The meeting on Ocracoke is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 20, in the Ocracoke Community Center, 999 Irvin Garrish Hwy.

The meeting will be informal, and citizens may drop in at any time. Comments will be accepted through July 15.

Other meeting locations are as follows:

Tuesday, June 21, 4 to 7 p.m.
Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center
23186 Myrna Peters Rd., Rodanthe

Wednesday, June 22, 4 to 7 p.m.
Dare County Administration Building
954 Marshall Collins Dr., Manteo

Hard copies of meeting maps and the environmental assessment are available for public review online and at the following locations:

      Ocracoke School and Community Library, 225 Back Road, Ocracoke 

  • Dare County Planning and Inspections Satellite Office, 50347 N.C. 12, Frisco
  • NCDOT Resident Engineer’s Office, 349 Waterplant Road, Unit B, Manteo
  • Dare County Library, 700 U.S. 64/264, Manteo
  • Dare County Library, 57709 N.C. 12, Hatteras
  • Dare County Library, 400 Mustian St., Kill Devil Hills
  • Fessenden Recreation Center, 46830 N.C. 12, Buxton

For additional information, call (866) 803-0529, or send an email to

You may also contact Drew Joyner, P.E., with NCDOT’s Human Environment Section, at (919) 707-6077, or by mail at:  1598 Mail Service Center,  Raleigh, NC 27699-1598

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled individuals who want to participate in these meetings. Anyone requiring such services should contact Joyner as early as possible so that arrangements can be made. For individuals who speak only Spanish or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, interpretive services will be available at the meeting upon request. For more information, please call 1-800-481-6494 prior to the meeting.

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