High Speed Passenger Service Comes to Ocracoke

They danced a jig and jumped through some hoops, but somehow the Ferry Division of NCDOT managed to get a high speed passenger ferry for the Hatteras/Ocracoke run. When construction began on the Ocracoke Express at US Boatworks in Swansboro in 2017 service was supposed to begin last summer, then in the fall, then this … Continue reading High Speed Passenger Service Comes to Ocracoke

SELC Sues to Stop Mid Currituck Bridge

In a move that is probably a surprise to no one who is following the events, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) is suing NCDOT to stop construction of the $500 Mid Currituck Bridge. The SELC has been opposed to the bridge since it was first formally proposed in the late 1990s. The span will … Continue reading SELC Sues to Stop Mid Currituck Bridge

Marc Basnight Bridge Over Oregon Inlet Dedicated

It was a heck of a day to dedicate the replacement span for the Bonner Bridge. There was a cold driving rain. The wind was from the northeast and the weather was deteriorating. It was, as North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said, ”The perfect day because it shows the resilience and the determination of the … Continue reading Marc Basnight Bridge Over Oregon Inlet Dedicated

New Oregon Inlet Bridge Opens-Bonner Bridge Officially Closed

Suddenly the new Oregon Inlet bridge is open. No announcement, no huge fanfare, just a quick notice press release from NCDOT with a headline reading: “New Bridge Over Oregon Inlet Opens to Traffic” on Monday. Honestly, it doesn’t matter. Sure there is an official ribbon cutting scheduled for April 2, but that will probably be … Continue reading New Oregon Inlet Bridge Opens-Bonner Bridge Officially Closed

New Bonner Bridge Opening Delayed by Weather

Fall Storms Create Construction Delays The ribbon cutting for the new Bonner Bridge that spans Oregon Inlet has been moved back to sometime in January or February next year. NCDOT had hoped to get the replacement span for the aging bridge opened by the end of this year, but a series of storm event have … Continue reading New Bonner Bridge Opening Delayed by Weather

Kitty Hawk Winks to Close after Thanksgiving

A Last Hurrah for a Local Icon Change is inevitable but somehow it seemed the Kitty Hawk Winks was immune to that. Through 65 years it remained open at the corner of Ocean Boulevard and the Beach Road, the perfect beach town convenience store, dispensing food, sandwiches, tee-shirts and cheap souvenirs in equal measure. Change, … Continue reading Kitty Hawk Winks to Close after Thanksgiving

Goodbye to Hurricane Florence, Outer Banks Welcomes Our Visitors

All Travel Restriction Lifted for Outer Banks Hurricane Florence stayed well to the south of the Outer Banks and as of Sunday, all evacuation notices and travel restrictions pertaining to northern Dare and Currituck Counties have been lifted. NCDOT is working feverishly to clear the road at the S Curves just north of Rodanthe and … Continue reading Goodbye to Hurricane Florence, Outer Banks Welcomes Our Visitors

Glenn Eure-Artist and Outer Banks Legend

Glenn Eure, A Life Well-Lived We meet very few truly memorable people in our lives. Glenn Eure was one of them. Anyone meeting him felt immediately as though he would be a friend for life. Glenn was funny, outgoing, irreverent and a remarkably complex man. He passed away this past week, and for the Outer … Continue reading Glenn Eure-Artist and Outer Banks Legend

Waveriders Coffee, Pub, Deli Reopens after July Fire

Favorite Outer Banks Gathering Place Reopens after Fire Waveriders in Nags Head has reopened and a sigh of relief has made its way around the Outer Banks. The coffee shop, pub and deli was gutted by a fire back on July 30—the fire probably beginning in an espresso machine—and for a month, one of the … Continue reading Waveriders Coffee, Pub, Deli Reopens after July Fire

Last Girder Placed in Bonner Bridge Replacement Span

NCDOT Predicts a December Opening Fifteen years after its expected lifespan, the Bonner Bridge is finally about to be replaced. They placed final connecting girder on the replacement project last week and if all goes a hoped, NCDOT is planning on a December ribbon cutting for the new bridge. The original Bonner Bridge connecting the … Continue reading Last Girder Placed in Bonner Bridge Replacement Span