NAGS HEAD, N.C. (WAVY/AP) - A chunk of concrete fell from a portion of the Bonner Bridge, a day after a judge approved plans for a parallel span to replace the only link between the Outer Banks and the North Carolina mainland.
N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) spokeswoman Jennifer Garifo said Tuesday that the concrete fell from a span south of the main navigation channel, underneath the bridge deck. The incident took place around 10 a.m. A fishing charter boat alerted the Coast Guard about the concrete, which in turn alerted NCDOT.
Garifo said an inspector for NCDOT assessed the situation and the bridge was never closed Tuesday. Garifo told WAVY.com it's not uncommon for concrete to fall from older bridges.
Beginning next Monday, work crews were scheduled to close a one-lane section of the bridge for at least a half-mile so a Maryland construction company can access the girders and underside of the bridge to make concrete repairs.
On Monday, a federal judge issued a 42-page ruling for the new bridge, rejecting objections from environmentalists.
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