work on Bonner Bridge NC
One of several tall cranes working on a new Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet. Photo: C. Leinbach

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NAGS HEAD – As work on the Bonner Bridge replacement project moves into its next phase, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will be closing the bridge several times during the overnight hours between 11 p.m. Monday, July 24, and 5 a.m. Tuesday, July 25.  The closures are required for the re-positioning of cranes and other building materials used for the project.

The process for the closures will be as follows:

  • At 8 p.m. July 24, one lane of N.C. 12 will be closed at the south end of Bonner Bridge. Flaggers will allow traffic to flow in a one-lane pattern until the closures are required.
  • After 11 p.m., the bridge will be closed to both directions of traffic for up to 30 minutes. After a road closure, traffic will be cleared in both directions through the one-lane pattern.
  • After traffic in both directions is cleared, the bridge will close again for another 30 minutes. This process may repeat throughout the night until 5 a.m. July 25.
  • By 5 a.m. July 25, traffic on the bridge will resume in both directions.

Please keep in mind that all these activities are weather and equipment dependent. NCDOT will notify the public if the closures need to be rescheduled.

NCDOT began the Bonner Bridge replacement project in March of 2016 and the new bridge is more than halfway through construction.

The new bridge is expected to open to traffic in late 2018

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