NORTH CAROLINA-- Saturday, crews with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will start dredging operation at the Herbert
C. Bonner Bridge on N.C. 12 over the Oregon Inlet in Dare County.
Tuesday, the state shut down the bridge because of safety concerns.
NCDOT along with Great
Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. LLC have come to an agreement for the Dredge Alaska
to begin dredging sand from the main navigation channel of the Oregon Inlet and
deposit it on the area underneath the Bonner Bridge where scour caused the
department to close the bridge earlier this week.
Friday morning crews started preparing for the dredging operation. Once dredging operations are complete, NCDOT crews will then
perform additional scans and inspections of the piles to determine the next
steps necessary in reopening the bridge.
Earlier today, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory declared a State
of Emergency due to the closing of the Bonner Bridge.