Public access to Bonner Bridge closed for demo prep

By on March 15, 2019

Demolition is slated to start soon on the old bridge. (NCDOT

During the week of March 18, contractors for the N.C. Department of Transportation will be installing gates and fences around the southern end of the old Bonner Bridge and adjoining catwalks, as workers prepare for demolition.

This will temporarily end public access to the bridge while the demolition takes place.

“It’s a safety issue,” said NCDOT Division One Engineer Jerry Jennings. “The south end of the old bridge will become a work zone for the next 10-12 months, so we need to keep the public out of harm’s way.”

About 1,000 feet of the bridge will remain after the demolition process and be converted into a public walkway and fishing pier. That section is expected to reopen in 2020.

The new bridge, which opened earlier this month, will be named after former Senate leader Marc Basnight and

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Alright, here’s the deal. Since we struck out renaming the new bridge, the fishing Pier is the new opportunity. Call it the Oregon Inlet Fishing Pier. That way the past is preserved. Well, back to my cold 🍺. Koo Flocks, brew master in training.

Carter McKay

It’s really too bad Basnight doesn’t share the humility of his old friend, the late Andy Griffith. When the Virginia Dare Bridge was being built many local business and civic leaders tried to have that bridge named after Griffith, but he wasn’t interested. The name ultimately was rightfully bestowed upon the first English settler born in the American colony, Virginia Dare.