Group Advocates Replacing Bridge Now
"Short bridge" option favored
On your last trip to Hatteras Island, you may have noticed
signs along Highway 12 requesting officials to "replace the bridge
now." The signs are the work of a citizens' action
committee trying to have the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge across Oregon Inlet
There are two options being considered for the bridge replacement. The
"short bridge" or "parallel bridge" option, favored
by replacethebridgenow.com, would build the new bridge just west of and
essentially parallel to the current bridge. The second option, referred
to as the "long bridge" or "parallel bridge," would
build a bridge more than 17 miles long west of the current bridge and
completely bypassing the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. The new
bridge would end in Rodanthe.
There are challenges with both options. Funding for the "short bridge"
option is in place, but so far, the federal agencies who need to issue
the permits have not done so, citing environmental concerns regarding
Pea Island. There are no environmental concerns with the "long bridge"
option; however, the cost would be so high that Federal funding (which
has not yet been approved) would be required.
To learn more about the work of the citizens' action committee, visit