Rodanthe ‘Jug Handle’ Bridge now open to motorists

Rodanthe “Jug Handle” Bridge. [Image Courtesy Dare County]

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has announced that the Rodanthe Bridge on Hatteras Island, also known as the “Jug Handle Bridge,” is now open to vehicular traffic.

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The 2.4-mile bridge—which extends over the Pamlico Sound from the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge to the northern end of Rodanthe—allows motorists to bypass the S-Curves, an area of N.C. Highway 12 in northern Rodanthe that is prone to significant ocean overwash and flooding.

On Saturday, April 9, 2022, NCDOT held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community day to celebrate the completion of the Rodanthe Bridge, which had been under construction since early 2018.

View a short video of the ribbon-cutting ceremony and community day that was held to celebrate the completion of the Rodanthe Bridge down below.

Additional dash cam videos, giving you a first-person point-of-view driving over the bridge, can also be accessed on the NCDOT NC 12 Facebook page.

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