Judge OKs $1.1B plan to replace Bonner Bridge in N.C.

A federal judge has ruled in favor of a state plan to replace the 50-year-old Bonner Bridge on North Carolina's Outer Banks with a parallel span over the Oregon Inlet. Environmentalists, who had opposed the replacement, wanted to construct a 17-mile-long bridge for $1.1 billion instead, which would have become the second-longest span in the U.S. Work on the 2.5-mile replacement span is expected to begin after the settlement of a state petition. Meanwhile, a chunk of concrete that fell from the existing bridge has prompted the North Carolina Department of Transportation to begin repairs on the structure.

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Charlotte Observer (N.C.), The · Asheville Citizen-Times (N.C.) · BridgeWeb.com

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