Bids To Build New Hatteras Bridge To Be Opened

A new bridge linking Hatteras Island to the northern Outer Banks soon will be a step closer to reality if everything works out for the state Department of Transportation.

On Tuesday, DOT will open bids to design and build a new bridge to replace the almost 50-year-old Bonner Bridge, which spans the Oregon Inlet. DOT officials have said they expect the bridge to cost about $300 million.

The Bonner Bridge was supposed to last about 30 years when it was built in 1963. Its replacement has been the subject of a decades-long legal fight. Even as DOT moves forward with the bid opening, environmental groups have sued to stop construction. Those groups support a longer bridge that would bypass a wildlife refuge but would cost about $1 billion.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 at 07:57 AM
    The bridge needed to be replaced years ago. If you tree huggers that have delayed the process looked at it from the water, you would wet your pants when you ride over it. The bridge spans the narrowest spot in Oregon Inlet. I'm not sure why you would build it in the same spot. the current is very strong here at it just leads to more erosion. If it was a hundred yards inland it would not be near as bad.
  • by Yuckafankee! on Jul 19, 2011 at 03:12 PM
    Whatever the outcome they need to put a toll starting at the manteo causeway bridge and the currituck sound bridge.Anybody that is not a resident or are not there to do business must pay.All access to any of or beaches should be this way.Make the rich yankees pay to play.
  • by Anonymous Location: OBX, NC on Jul 19, 2011 at 02:13 PM
    Suits us just fine that you don't return to the Outer Banks then. No love lost there.
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Jul 19, 2011 at 10:07 AM
    Yea, whatever I am Jessie. Because you know, ROBOTS reply on these things from time to time. Die hard fishermen don't care what time of year it is to fish. And furthermore, they could close that pier from November til the end of February and it probably would not matter as the amount of tourism and visitors it has from March thru October far exceed whatever passes thru your town year round. Get off that stupid Republican anti anything kick you people love to spout off about and find something positive in your life to enjoy. God forbid the state do anything good in a place that once again, in case you did not read, generates THE MOST tax revenue in North Carolina. Let me repeat, generates THE MOST tax revenue for the state. Like it or not, its the truth, and building a pier that will last for decades and draw more and more tourists each year is a great accomplishment to enhance an area that ......once again.... in case the little Republican in you forgot.... generates all that tax revenue the state enjoys. I bet if the state's leading Republican official suggested building that pier, it would have gotten a showering of support from people like yourself. Basnight did more for eastern NC in general than any other elected official in an area otherwise ignored by the state. We're not Greenville or Raleigh or Charlotte, but I can assure you we have more tourists which open their wallets when they come here......which provides those you know, socialist things we all enjoy like police and fire and rescue and schools and on and on.
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      by Jessie on Jul 19, 2011 at 11:10 AM in reply to
      I can tell you whoever/whatever you are that I am not a republican. I am tired of wasting tax payer money....I wonder if you pay taxes or maybe you are a handout specialist. The bridge may be needed, the pier....nope, sorry, that's not gonna float with anyone from outside your area. There are other piers around. If your area already makes so much in taxes(and I have not researched that) then why waste money. The Peir was a waste and will not ever pay for itself. After State employees are paid to run it, do you ever think it makes a profit? NO!!!! but you all are used to getting more than any other area thanks to Marky Marc. Yes, I agree good for you, but not the rest of NC taxpayers. Anyway, good luck on your new bridge....It's gonna be the last thing you all get for a long
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        by me on Jul 31, 2011 at 02:02 PM in reply to Jessie
        Jessie you are are 100% correct...after state or fed government pays employees to run ANYTHING it no longer makes money. EVER. And there are enough "piers" more is a waste.. of..... $$$$.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2011 at 09:33 AM
    Hey Jessie, I really think before you post a comment you should know your facts. The pier in which you reference is free to go on, unless you're fishing. Also the pier is run by the NC Aquarium Foundation, so the state directly isn't making money off of it anyway, it's reinvested. I live on the Outer Banks, and with the amount of people that come here, we need a more sturdy bridge. Also, every other year the bridges here have to be re-examined because the barrier islands (what we refer to as the Outer Banks) move every year, so a 50 year old bridge has moved and shifted with the island, I am sure if this bridge stands another 15 years it will probably collapse before it makes it.
  • by Local Location: OBX on Jul 19, 2011 at 09:31 AM
    Jessie, do you realize that quite a few of the spans that SUPPORT the bridge are simply suspended in the water below? That's right, the spans that support tons of weight on a daily basis have nothing to anchor into because the currents and tides have washed away the sand in which the supports were sunk. That's food for thought, huh? Read ALL of the information before passing judgement, please! Or, how about this, come drive over the bridge and hold your breath as you drive over the highest part like we do, praying that the bridge doesn't collapse!
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      by Jessie on Jul 19, 2011 at 11:15 AM in reply to Local
      Don't worry local, I am an old Oak Island man, Long Beach to the old Salts. I will never go to the outer banks again, or anything else Marc B. wasted money on. As for the bridge we both know it will be replaced. My point was why WASTE money on a pier when a Bridge was needed far worse. I guess what I'm saying is that if it falls........I will be no where near it. Good luck with your bleek future out
  • by Ken Location: Dare County on Jul 19, 2011 at 09:07 AM
    Hey Jessie, maybe you should ride down and look at the pier. The state of North Carolina should be proud of what has been accomplished. Instead of more cottages, plenty of those down here, citizens from all states have access to the ocean, FREE. I don't know where you are from, but you sure have no clue of what is going on at the Outer Banks. You need to get your head out of your a__. Also, the bridge is 50 years old. It is dangerous. Most states would of already had the bridge replaced. This is not a political issue it is a safety issue.
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      by OK on Jul 19, 2011 at 09:27 AM in reply to Ken
      Um smart person, why not spend the money on the bridge rather than the Pier..........I guess we know whats the most important there, pay off the "family" first. Furthermore to you and the last anom....The outer banks is not the only beaches in NC......Which one always got top dollars........we know why
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        by Ken on Jul 19, 2011 at 11:36 AM in reply to OK
        The pier is owned by the Aquarium society. You also don't have a clue to what is going on.
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          by What on Jul 19, 2011 at 12:17 PM in reply to Ken
          It is still owned by the State, funded by the State, Built by a state paid contract. The workers are State employees, Ken, What on earth are you talking about. Seriously dude, prescibe the meds....don't take them....
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Jul 19, 2011 at 07:33 AM
    Hey Jessie, here's an idea. Don't bother to ever grace even the boundaries of the Outer Banks. Don't bother to even come here. You are the type of people our area does not need, much less your mouth. You have no idea how much money Dare County generates in tax revenue for the State of NC. You have no idea how many tourism dollars Dare County generates. You have no idea how much seafood comes through that area. People live on Hatteras Island and have longer than you've been here. The bridge is done. Needs to be replaced period. What do you as an obvious complaining Republican want to do? Wait until it suddenly collapses with tons of cars, maybe even school buses that run on it everyday into the Oregon Inlet Channel? Pretty sure thats what you want since you're sitting here blowing steam. This is a bridge over water that takes a beating and the local economy and state tax revenue depend on. Get over it, some things have nothing to do with party. And furthermore, get over your itty bitty little Republican feud with Mr Basnight. That pier stays packed and that pier will continue to stay packed. Not sure where your home county is but I bet it doesnt generate hardly a dime of money thats good for the state. The OBX pumps tons of tax money into NC. Thousands upon thousands a year round flock here, and they go everywhere they can go when they get here. So sick of you people doing your little yippy dog barks at anything Republicans don't agree with. So sorry the rich just ain't staying rich. Get over it and move on.
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      by Jessie on Jul 19, 2011 at 09:24 AM in reply to
      Um, hey smart guy(or whatever you are) I wonder how many people will be fishing on that peir from Mid Nov. through the end of Feb.
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      by Really on Jul 19, 2011 at 10:33 AM in reply to
      I guess you are borrowing someone's else's computer because if you had your own you would know that during the past 3 years the rich have been getting much you live under a rock or are you a sensor for WITN? Dems and repub's both make the rich richer......foolish people
  • by Beachbum3 on Jul 19, 2011 at 07:10 AM
    I personaly hope that this new pruposed bridge will surely ride better than the current existing bridges on the north an south ends of roanoke island the one on the kitty hawk, nc end over roanoke sound rides like crap an the same applys too the virginia dare brideg as well as the cause way bridge between manteo an the south end of nags head. these contractor are just rushing thorugh these project to completion with any form of regards for the quality of construction or regards for the states speeficaitons or for the utlimate cost to the taxpayers of this state there had tio be amny fixes applied to bothe the brideges over the roanooke sound an the new virigina dfare bridges had to be ground down to try an correct the bad ridng surfaces on both of these bridges because they were being rushed to completion. an both bridge still ride badly thank you
  • by Lee Geee Location: G-Boro on Jul 19, 2011 at 05:27 AM
    Yo cuz, what up, it me again. I donts know alots about bridges but this one sounds big. I wonders if they can makes it so you can fishes offs it. My uncle fishes off dat brigde in washington and between the fishes, the 40's and the newprts...he does real good
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