Construction is set to start on the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge replacement project in Dare County, North Carolina.
Estimated to cost $246m, the project will include the construction of a 3.5-mile bridge that will run parallel to the existing bridge over the Oregon Inlet. The new bridge will offer a new way for travel from Bodie Island to Hatteras Island.
It will be designed to mitigate future dredging needs, will meet navigation needs, as well as enable natural channel movement.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has collaborated with the local community, state and federal agencies for years to develop plans for the bridge replacement.
In 2011, the department appointed a contractor for the design and construction of the new bridge, but litigation halted the process.
In June 2015, North Carolina governor Pat McCrory and NCDOT reached a settlement deal with the petitioners, allowing the state to progress with the project.
McCrory said: “I’m proud that my administration could finally break through the litigation stalemate that had this project stalled for years. Bonner Bridge is a lifeline for Hatteras Island.
“To see this project actually break ground will be a great day for the people who live and work on the Outer Banks and throughout North Carolina, as well as millions of visitors from across the state, nation and world.”