Repairs On Bonner Bridge Pick Up

There's still about a year left of fixing the aging Bonner Bridge. As tourist season ends on the Outer Banks those repairs are picking up, which means some lane closures on the bridge.

Officials say starting today, drivers can expect lanes to be shut down as crews repair the bridge that connects Hatteras Island to Dare County. At no time will all lanes be closed, officials say. Locals are in this for the long haul as the construction continues though next June.

The $14.7 million rehab project is slated to be done next November.

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  • by Pedal Power Location: NC on Sep 26, 2009 at 12:56 PM
    I have been a bike enthusiast for over 45 yrs, and have taken bike trips in almost all 50 states. Including Alaska and Hawaii.The only roads I found prohibited are Interstate Highways or fully controlled limited access highways, such as beltways, or toll roads. A sweeping statement that all bike riders do not obey laws is preposterous. I agree a large majority do not. Most likely they are infrequent riders, who are usually in a car, and have no clue about safe riding. On the other hand, there are thousands of Vehicle drivers that are far more guilty of breaking laws that give bicyclists the right of way. It is almost impossible to get vehicle operators here to stop for pedestrians or bicyclists crossing the beach road in a walk way. We ride almost daily, and have crossed the beach road hundreds of times each year. I can count on one hand how many times cars stopped while we were in the cross walk. The bike path itself is dangerous as well, as drivers pay no attention to the pathway.
  • by Fact Dog Location: NC on Sep 22, 2009 at 05:55 PM
    No bikes should be allowed on any bridges in NC or other states.IN alot of the other states you are not allowed to ride bikes, mopeds,slow farm equipment,and people walking on any four-lane highways.NC should have the same laws to protect all people on the highways.Bike riders do NOT obey the highway laws;I see it every day.The police,sheriff, and the highway patrol are a big part of the problems we have with bike riders.They let them break the law.
  • by James Location: Dare County on Sep 22, 2009 at 11:01 AM
    The Bonner bridge was not built wide for bike lanes. It was built just wide enough. The way people drive here it would not be a good idea riding across the bridge with very little room anyway. Especially during peak tourist season.There are public parking lots on either side of the bridge. One can ride from the south side of the bridge to Hatteras, or from the north side all the way to Corova. So why does there need to be a bike lane?
  • by cj on Sep 22, 2009 at 05:50 AM
    I sure hope that the remember to paint in the bike lane lines on the right sides of the lanes so that people can ride safely across it.

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