The Marc Basnight Bridge over the Oregon Inlet in Dare County. Part of the old Bonner bridge is to the left. Photo: C. Leinbach

This story is updated a second time from the previously published version.

NAGS HEAD – The N.C. Department of Transportation has scheduled demolition work on the old Herbert C. Bonner Bridge that will require a 15-minute road closure on the Marc Basnight Bridge between noon and 4 p.m. Thursday.

High winds and rough sea conditions in the Oregon Inlet prompted officials to move the demolition work and temporary closure of the bridge from Tuesday until Wednesday and now on Thursday. 

Prior to work starting tomorrow, flaggers and advance warning signs will be in place to stop traffic at both ends of the work zone on Basnight Bridge. In addition, message boards at Whalebone Junction and Rodanthe will display messages alerting motorists to the road closure. The Basnight Bridge carries N.C. 12 over Oregon Inlet on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Boaters in the area should also be aware, because during the demolition work NCDOT and PCL will be helping enforce the U.S. Coast Guard rules to prevent vessels from coming within a 1,500-foot radius of the old Bonner Bridge.

If weather conditions are not good for the work to take place Tuesday, the work and the temporary bridge closure will be moved until sometime between noon and 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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