New bridge over Oregon Inlet finally opens to traffic

By on February 25, 2019

The first cars crossed at about 12:20 p.m. (NCDOT)

Two years after construction began, the new bridge over Oregon Inlet opened to traffic shortly after noon Monday, culminating almost 30 years of planning and legal wrangling, the N.C. Department of Transportation said.

“It’s a great day for all residents and visitors to the Outer Banks,” said NCDOT Board Member Allen Moran, who represents Dare County. “This new bridge will be a critical lifeline to the people and the pristine beaches of Hatteras Island for generations to come.”

Construction began on the $252 million bridge in March of 2016.

The new bridge is 2.8 miles long and rises 90 feet above Oregon Inlet at its highest point, with 8-foot shoulders on each side. It is the first bridge in the state built with stainless reinforcing steel, which will provide extra protection against the salt water environment and last 100 years.

The new bridge replaces the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, which was built in 1963. Demolition of the old bridge will begin soon and is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. A 1,000-foot section of the south end of the old bridge will remain as a pedestrian walkway.

An informal Community Day event to celebrate completion of the new bridge was held Feb. 9. A more formal dedication of the bridge is being planned for April 2.

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olin hardy

Really smooth ride and I feel safe!


Now the demise of Hatteras island will increase its pace..


Can’t wait to drive over the Oregon Inlet Bridge!

olin hardy

The people of Dare county should be happy this bridge is complete!


Don’t name it after basnight his service isn’t important as let’s say our first responders. Name it after its location (what we’ve always called it. I driven under that bridge for over 30 years we’ve always referee to it as oi bridge.
listen to us politicans all yall good old boys yall all know me personally!!!!!
And let’s open the old Bridge for everyone to walk over to like we did on the new bridge.

Carter McKay

Who cares! It’s a freaking bridge, not a cure for cancer!

It’s called the BONNER BRIDGE, despite what a bunch of Manteo politicians who come here for photo-ops want.

Hatteras Island pays 25 percent of County tourist taxes and gets ZERO respect from these people. The latest example is their effort to name the bridge after a political crony.


So the……..”Brown Nosing Crooked Politicians” bridge is finally open !!!!
Safe travels to everyone…!!!

Hugo Lee

Only two years to get the new Oregon Inlet Bridge one. They are still working on the Wright Memorial Bridge. Can someone please explain this dichotomy.