The opening of the Rodanthe “jug handle” bridge in Dare County has been delayed until pavement markings installed earlier this week are replaced.
The pavement markings did not meet North Carolina Department of Transportation specifications for quality or reflectivity, officials said Wednesday about the delay.
Flatiron, the prime contractor, after consultation with NCDOT, will hire a new subcontractor to replace the substandard markings and restripe the bridge and the intersections.
Once a new subcontractor is in place, a better timeline on a traffic shift to the new bridge can be established.
Pavement markings are the final step in completion of the 2.4-mile bridge over Pamlico Sound, which will bypass a section of N.C. 12 that is highly vulnerable to ocean overwash.