The new Marc Basnight Bridge being built 2018 alongside the old Bonner Bridge. Photo: C. Leinbach

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NAGS HEAD – During the week of March 18, contractors for the N.C. Department of Transportation will install gates and fences around the southern end of the Bonner Bridge and adjoining catwalks as workers prepare for demolition work on the bridge. This will temporarily end public access to the bridge while the demolition takes place.

“It’s a safety issue,” said NCDOT Division One Engineer Jerry Jennings. “The south end of the old bridge will become a work zone for the next 10 to 12 months, so we need to keep the public out of harm’s way.”

The newly built Marc Basnight Bridge, built alongside the Bonner Bridge, opened to traffic Feb. 25. 

About 1,000 feet of the bridge will remain after the demolition process and be converted into a public walkway. That section is expected to reopen in 2020.

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