North Carolina has awarded a $1.8 million contract to a Pennsylvania company to repair a bridge that provides Hatteras Island with its only land link to the mainland.
The D.O.T. says crews with American Bridge Co. in Corapolis, Pa., will begin work later this month.
The 2.7-mile-long Bonner Bridge was built in 1962 and has exceeded its expected lifespan. The state has spent $26.5 million in the last decade to fix deterioration caused by constant exposure to salt, strong currents and wind.
Last year, the North Carolina Department of Transportation awarded a $216 million contract to build a new bridge. That construction is expected to be finished in 2015.
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