RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Now that the federal government has signed off on a replacement for the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, North Carolina is wasting no time in getting started.
The state Department of Transportation has scheduled its first permit meeting on the project for Jan. 4. The agency hopes to have the permitting process wrapped up by the summer.
A tentative timeline would see construction start in the spring of 2012 and wrap up in 2015. The new bridge is expected to cost roughly $300 million.
The Bonner Bridge is the only way to get to Hatteras Island by land. The deteriorating span is a major corridor for both hurricane evacuations and tourism.
When the bridge was first opened in 1963, it was designed to last for 30 years.
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A record breaking day at The Ted -- the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs basketball game was the backdrop for Education Day, which set an attendance record of 8,086 Wednesday morning.
Witnesses tell WAVY.com the attack of a shopper was the cause of a heavy police presence at the Ross department store at Military Circle in Norfolk Wednesday night.
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.