Before we moved to the Outer Banks in August 1996, we vacationed here. There was plenty of discussion about building a new bridge over Oregon Inlet. 20 years later construction is beginning on the new Bonner Bridge. Built in 1963 with a life expectancy of 30 years, the original Bonner Bridge is a 2.7-mile bridge that connects NC 12 from Nags Head, Dare County to Hatteras Island.
On March 8, 2016, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory held the official ground breaking ceremony for the start of construction for the new bridge. After decades of delays, construction of the much needed new Bonner Bridge has begun.
If you have any questions about the Bonner Bridge Project, the best source for information is the NC Department of Transportation webpage, under new projects. Below are links to a few of the pages that will give you the facts on the bridge and the construction of the new bridge. Construction is targeted to be complete in 2018. In 2019 the old Bonner Bridge will be torn down, leaving a portion on the south end of the bridge for pedestrians.