RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal officials have given North Carolina approval to move forward with planning of a 2-mile bridge along N.C. Highway 12.
The Federal Highway Administration approved the revised environmental assessment for a permanent bridge at Rodanthe. The 2.4-mile “jug handle” bridge would extend from the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge over the Pamlico Sound and into Rodanthe.
The new bridge is considered a long-term solution to keep N.C. 12 open through an area prone to severe storm damage. The N.C. Department of Transportation has said it prefers this design over a bridge along N.C. 12 because it minimizes impacts to the Pea Island refuge, the ocean shoreline and Rodanthe.
NCDOT will hold a series of public meetings this summer to publicize the preferred alternative.