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

Walkers, Bikers Cross Bonner Bridge Replacement

Cold, windy and spectacular. There is no other way to describe what it was like to walk across Oregon Inlet on the replacement span for the Bonner Bridge. NCDOT has not opened the new bridge yet to traffic. They have indicated that is coming later this month, but on Saturday they opened the bridge to … Continue reading Walkers, Bikers Cross Bonner Bridge Replacement

Outer Banks 2018 Year in Review

As 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to look back over the year and some of the stories that we covered in our Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates blog. There were some tough choices that we had to make about which story to highlight for each month, but here it is—our 2018 recap. January-Two … Continue reading Outer Banks 2018 Year in Review

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

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

Power Restored-Hatteras Island Reopens to Visitors

Mandatory Evacuation Lifted Sooner Than Expected Just nine days after a construction accident cut the line carrying power to Hatteras Island and Ocracoke, repairs have been made and power is flowing again. That is really impressive. Original estimates put the power outage at two to three weeks with the possibility of an even longer delay. Although … Continue reading Power Restored-Hatteras Island Reopens to Visitors

Hatteras Power Blackout-Northern Beaches Unaffected

The news just came out a little while ago, that Hatteras Island is being evacuated. This is a manmade catastrophe, and has nothing whatsoever to do with Mother Nature. What Happened? Early yesterday morning, PCL Construction who is building the new Bonner Bridge, was pounding a piling into the south end of Oregon Inlet. When … Continue reading Hatteras Power Blackout-Northern Beaches Unaffected

Bonner Bridge Replacement Update

The replacement for the Bonner Bridge has always been the big cog in the wheel to improve the transportation corridor through Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Other pieces of the puzzle are coming together as well, and things are really getting busy as the road project takes shape.  The Big News The big new coming … Continue reading Bonner Bridge Replacement Update

A Mostly Good 2016 Year in Review

2016 was certainly an interesting year. Most of it was really positive and and there is not doubt the Outer Banks is still the best place anywhere for a family vacation. Some of the headlines, though, were not as pleasant as others, and a lot of those unpleasant headlines were all about the weather. From … Continue reading A Mostly Good 2016 Year in Review