RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) - Hatteras Island residents are discussing the best long-term solutions for N.C. 12 now that the state Transportation Department has made its suggestions for more permanent repairs to breaches caused by Hurricane Irene.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reported that citizens met Tuesday in Rodanthe to view DOT's suggestions. A meeting also was held Monday in Manteo.
For the Pea Island breach, DOT is considering two plans that call for a permanent bridge and two that require patching the island with sand. For a spot in Rodanthe, DOT is considering three bridge options and one involving beach renourishment.
The Dare County commission chairman and a commissioner who lives on Hatteras say they're not ready to say which plans they support.
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com
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A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.