Workers connected the two trestles being used to build the Rodanthe “jug handle” bridge project, effectively turns two bridge building projects into one, the state Department of Transportation announced Thursday.
The uniting of the two trestles essentially means that bridge building efforts on the north and south ends of the project have met. Girders and bridge decks will need to be placed before the bridge itself becomes one structure.
Under construction since summer 2018, the bridge has been designed to be a long-term transportation solution for N.C. 12.
The state Department of Transportation is raising the highway onto a 2.4-mile bridge that extends over Pamlico Sound between the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and Rodanthe, bypassing a vulnerable part of the highway known as the “S-curves.”
Completion of the project is scheduled for late 2021 or early 2022.