Fierce Nor’Easter Exits the Outer Banks; Hatteras Island Takes the Brunt

The last two days on the Outer Banks have been interesting. Sustained winds somewhere around 40 mph with gusts getting up to 55 or so, that makes for an interesting time. What is finally moving out to sea is a classic nor’easter. The surf was running at 15’ or so, the winds were howling, probably … Continue reading Fierce Nor’Easter Exits the Outer Banks; Hatteras Island Takes the Brunt

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

Record of Decision Moves Mid Currituck Bridge Project Forward

Maybe, just maybe the Mid Currituck Bridge will be built. On Friday the Federal Highway Administration approved the project’s Record of Decision. With the federal government’s approval in hand, the long-awaited bridge connecting the Currituck Banks with the mainland has just gotten a huge boost. Record of Decision & What It Means A Record of … Continue reading Record of Decision Moves Mid Currituck Bridge Project Forward

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

Kitty Hawk Begins Building Moor Shore Road Living Shore Line

After almost two years of getting the permits and making sure funding was in place, at long last a living shoreline project is moving forward along Moor Shore Road in Kitty Hawk. Moor Shore Road is sort of a forgotten street, a short strip of pavement that off Kitty Hawk Road that runs past some … Continue reading Kitty Hawk Begins Building Moor Shore Road Living Shore Line

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

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

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