Review Board Endorses Bonner Bridge Plan

A review board has endorsed a plan to replace the old bridge that connects Hatteras Island with the mainland.

A board made up of officials from transportation and environmental agencies endorsed the plan for replacing the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, which opened in 1963. The panel also endorsed improvements on state Highway 12 south of the bridge.

The project is estimated to cost more than one billion dollars. The cost of the two-and-a-half mile bridge is estimated at up to 347 million dollars.

The panel says the environmental review of the project will be

The Bonner Bridge has a sufficiency rating of two, with 100 being the best. Repairs are to start later this year. Transportation officials have said the bridge is safe to cross.