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Temporary bridge linking Outer Banks could open by October

Posted September 19, 2011

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— The North Carolina Department of Transportation said Monday that a temporary bridge linking the Outer Banks could open by early October.

Last month, Hurricane Irene washed out two areas of N.C. Highway 12, including a section more than 200 feet long in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, south of Nags Head, when the Category 1 storm touched down on the coast.

The two-lane, 650-foot temporary bridge will restore traffic and will remain in place as long as necessary while the DOT works toward a permanent repair to the damage.


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  • normson7 Sep 20, 2011

    The folks claiming that it's a waste of money might want to investigate the amount of money spent in NC on tourism. They might not enjoy the Outer Banks or other vacation spots in NC, but others sure do!

  • MomOfTwins Sep 20, 2011

    I love the outerbanks and I don't think it's a waste of money because of the tourism. But I would like to see some hard numbers to confirm/deny that.

  • RAINDOG Sep 20, 2011

    another storm...another bridge....and another,and another. This is the definition of insanity, continuing to make the same mistake over and over and over..............

  • fayncmike Sep 20, 2011

    Great, there will still be some beautiful weather and tourists will be able to enjoy the area once again. Of course life will also be a lot simpler for the locals. It's nice, for once, to see government moving quickly to provide much needed assistance.

  • BadDayforButch Sep 19, 2011

    Waste of money