Outer Banks

Local News
9:40 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Bonner Bridge Replacement Debate Stirs Strong Opinions On NC's Coast

Bonner Bridge
Credit NCDOT Communications / Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

If you drive to Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks, there’s only one way to go: over the Bonner Bridge. The near-three-mile bridge, which first opened in 1963, is the only access to the island other than ferries.  It also needs to be replaced. Building that replacement is on hold for now while a lawsuit over its construction plays out in court. Environmental groups have sued the state over its planned replacement, saying it would damage the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. They want the state to instead build a 17-mile replacement bridge that would swing out over the Pamlico Sound and bypass the refuge.

We wanted to know what residents of Hatteras Island say about the replacement project. Allen Burrus is a Dare County Commissioner representing the island.  He's also a lifelong resident.


Science & Environment
4:37 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Rising Seas Endanger Outer Banks, Atlantic Coast

View of the cost from the Cape Hatteras lighthouse.
swimparallel/Flickr

Large areas of the Outer Banks and elsewhere along the Atlantic Coast are in danger because of rising seas. That’s according to a recent report on climate change by two environmental groups.

Here’s what a beach vacation to Cape Hatteras or Cape Lookout might be like later this century:

"The summers could average as hot as those in Galveston, Texas, and it is well over half of the land out there that is vulnerable to being covered by a rising sea," said Stephen Saunders, the report's lead author.

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