Hundreds braved blustery winds and biting cold Saturday to celebrate the nearly-complete new bridge over Oregon Inlet, Hatteras Island’s only link by land to the rest of the world.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation and Dare County hosted the community day, inviting people to work or bike the 2.8-mile, 90-foot span before it opens to vehicle traffic in coming days.
Construction began to replace the 50-year-old Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, which carries N.C. 12 over Oregon Inlet between Hatteras and Bodie islands. The old bridge was “well past its design life,” NCDOT said.
The new bridge, which has yet to be named, is set to open as early as next week. The old Bonner Bridge will be dismantled but a short span will be kept as a fishing pier.