A slight possibility that the Bonner Bridge could be re-opened as early as next week was the most positive news to come out of a public meeting in Buxton Tuesday evening.
Surveyors and divers were on and under the Bonner Bridge again Wednesday, checking to see what progress had been made in getting the span reopened to traffic. The timeframe is anywhere from next week to another 90 days.
Lawyers for the environmental groups hoping to block the Bonner Bridge replacement filed their appeal in federal court Tuesday, the same day leaders of the General Assembly again called on the organizations to give up their fight.
A little more than a year after a fire wiped out its popular Family Life Center, Ark International Church in Nags Head is envisioning a major expansion. Plans include a multi-purpose wing with roller skating.
Despite some public dissent, council members unanimously approved the preliminary plans by developer Gordon Jones for West Village, which is slated for 22 acres of both wetlands and ridge topography.
Two days of dredging from the Oregon Inlet navigation channel to an area under the Bonner Bridge has wrapped up, but it will be several days before the Department of Transportation knows if the span is any closer to reopening.
Michael Ray Kidd, 23, was arrested on Dec. 5 at his home on 415 Sandpiper Drive in Kill Devil Hills, according to Nags Head police. He was charged with armed robbery and assault on a female.
Gov. Pat McCrory stood atop the Bonner Bridge on Friday to survey the situation that led to the closing of the bridge, and called on residents to increase pressure on environmental groups that have blocked a replacement span.
Local, state and regional officials in their public statements have blamed environmental special interests, particularly the Raleigh-based Southern Environmental Law Center, for delays in starting construction of a new bridge.
Virtually every driver stopped at the north end of the bridge said they were unaware the bridge had been closed or had heard the actual closing would not occur until 4 p.m. The bridge is the only land route on and off Hatteras Island.
A temporary bridge has been carrying N.C. 12 traffic over the breach and will stay in place while the new one is being built, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said in a statement.
Dare County Clerk of Court Dean Tolsen announced Thursday that his office will open a satellite facility on Hatteras Island as a result of the Bonner Bridge closing. The office will be in Buxton.
Brian Anthony Powell, 27, of Kill Devil Hills was arrested Thursday in Rockingham County and is charged with three felonies in connection with the break-in and theft early Monday of the safe from Currituck BBQ Company.