Rodanthe Bridge on the Outer Banks opens to traffic
The Rodanthe Bridge on the Outer Banks has officially opened for traffic. The 2.4 mile span extends over the Pamlico Sound and bypasses a section of N.C. 12 that is especially vulnerable to ocean overwash. The N.C. Department of Transportation delayed the opening in June saying pavement markings did not meet specifications for quality or reflectivity. Work will continue on the bridge over the coming weeks as electric, phone, and internet transmission lines are installed requiring intermittent lane closures. NCDOT said in a news release Thursday that the bypassed section of N.C. 12 will be removed allowing the highway to return to its natural state. That work will be completed by the end of November. Construction on the $155 million bridge began in July 2018.