Park service signs OK for access to ‘jug handle’ bridge

By on October 15, 2018

The National Park Service has given the OK for an easement through federal land to give access to the “jug handle” bridge now under construction north of Rodanthe.

The bridge will take N.C. 12 over the Pamico Sound around several chronic washout areas at S Curves and Mirlo Beach.

A finding of no significant impact was recently signed by Robert Vogel, the Director of the Southeast Region of the National Park Service, completing the National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act reviewing and consulting requirements.

NCDOT has already begun to build the 2.3 mile-long bridge outside of NPS boundaries as part of a series of transportation projects on of Hatteras Island. The new bridge will reroute N.C. over the Pamlico Sound to avoid the “S Curves” area at Mirlo Beach just north of Rodanthe, an area that routinely experiences ocean overwash.

About 150 feet of the 2.3 mile-long bridge, located at the northernmost section of sound side construction adjacent to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, will be constructed inside NPS boundaries. The remainder of the bridge will be built within the refuge and submerged lands owned by the State of North Carolina.

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