Bonner Bridge

Pamela Malec Landrum, Roanoke Island Outfitters and Dive Center

The only way you’ll be able to cross the Bonner Bridge a couple years from now is if you’re underwater.  The span is planned to be demolished in Fall of 2018 and the construction debris will be used to enhance four artificial reefs near Oregon Inlet.  Today on the Down East Journal, how the Dare County project will benefit the environment and the economy.

Known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, our coastline is littered with hundreds of shipwrecks that serve as habitat for fish and invertebrates, like sponges and soft corals.  It’s what makes North Carolina a diving destination.

US Army Corps Of Engineers Wilmington District

On April 2nd, emergency dredging began at the Oregon Inlet channel.  An underwater survey on March 27th showed the channel with a depth of less than two feet seaward of the Bonner Bridge.  Today, on the Down East Journal, I speak with Chief of Physical Support Branch with the Army Corp of Engineers Wilmington District Donnie Potter who says the dredging project is on track, despite a delayed start.

North Carolina Department of Transportation

Crews have begun to repair the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge after it closed Monday due to safety concerns.  In the meantime, emergency ferry routes have been activated to transport motorists across Oregon Inlet.  

Commuting for the 4,000 residents of Hatteras Island has been a headache.  Use of the Bonner Bridge, the only highway connection to the mainland for locals, was shut down on Monday due to safety concerns.  Melissa Herman has lived on Hatteras Island for 30 years.  She works at Blue Pelican Gallery and she says since the bridge closed, business has been very slow.

This week on the Down East Journal, the latest on the Bonner Bridge closure.  Efforts are underway to repair the span.  In the meantime, emergency ferry routes have been activated to transport motorists across Oregon Inlet.  And, we explain how to make a traditional southern holiday favorite Pull Mints during our three week series “Sweet Treats.”  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.