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Bridge opening on North Carolina coast delayed over markings

The 2.4-mile Rodanthe Bridge over Pamlico Sound is nearing completion and will host a community day April 9.
The 2.4-mile Rodanthe Bridge over Pamlico Sound is nearing completion.

State officials say the opening of a bridge on the North Carolina coast that would allow locals and tourists to avoid a constantly washed-out route has been delayed because of a problem with pavement markings. The N.C. Department of Transportation says pavement markings installed earlier this week on the Rodanthe ‘Jug Handle’ Bridge in Dare County do not meet specifications for quality or reflectivity. Flatiron, the prime contractor, said it would seek a new subcontractor to replace the substandard markings and re-stripe the bridge and the intersections. Pavement markings are the last step in completion of the 2.4-mile bridge.