NASG HEAD, N.C. (WAVY/AP) — North Carolina leaders have voted to rename a replacement for the old Bonner Bridge.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation officials say it will be renamed for former Sen. Marc Basnight.
Basnight served a record 18 years as the leader of the state Senate and represented Dare County, where the bridge is located.
The new $252 million bridge opened to traffic on Feb. 25. It is 2.8 miles long and rises 90 feet above Oregon Inlet at its highest point.
It replaces the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, which was built in 1963 and is scheduled to be demolished by the end of the year. Remaining portions of the old bridge will retain the Bonner name.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.