Stock photo of Bonner Bridge. Courtesy WNCT.
OREGON INLET, N.C. -- Inspections of the Bonner Bridge show the only road link to the Hatteras Island portion of the Outer Banks needs immediate repairs.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation did the inspections Friday and Saturday and found the waters in the inlet have scoured out sand around the base of supports at the southern end of the bridge which carries NC Highway 12 to the barrier island.
The DOT is trying to get a contractor to begin the work as soon as possible. Engineers say the bridge is still safe for travel, but will be closely monitored and could be closed if safety becomes an issue.
Officials say they are ready to provide emergency ferry service if the bridge must be closed.