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new s-curves = jug handle bridge in rodanthe

A contractor’s been signed to build the bridge around the S-Curves north of Rodanthe

The so-called “jug handle” bridge project in Rodanthe is just one part of a plan to keep Hatteras Island connected. Signing a contractor to build the jug handle around the S-Curves north is a major step to completing the project, as the Ocracoke Observer reports. The larger Bonner Bridge replacement project is also moving full steam ahead and is on target for its 2019 opening.

Artists rendering of the Rodanthe Jug Handle.

Artists rendering of the Rodanthe Jug Handle.

“With the recent awarding of a contract, a new bridge around Rodanthe may be a reality by the summer of 2020.

The N.C. Dept. of Transportation awarded a design-build contract to Flatiron Constructors, Inc., of Broomfield, Colo., to build the 2.4-mile-long bridge, known as a “jug handle,” scheduled to begin construction next January after design and permitting have been completed.

This new bridge, extending from the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge over the Pamlico Sound and into Rodanthe, will be a long-term solution to keep N.C. 12 open through an area that is prone to storm damage and ocean over wash.

It complements the replacement of the Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet currently under construction.

“This new bridge will eliminate travel disruptions caused by beach erosion and storm breaches that have resulted in access issues at one of the most vulnerable sections of N.C. 12 for years,” acting transportation secretary Mike Holder said.”

Read the rest of this story about the new bridge in Rodanthe on the Ocracoke Observer .

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