Updated Nov. 9 to include photo of bridge.
State Department of Transportation officials are to share with the public information about the replacement of a small bridge on Hatteras Island in Dare County at the Hatteras Community Building Thursday evening.
The public can drop in anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. during the informal open house on plans to replace bridge No. 8 on N.C. 12.
The 86-foot-long bridge being replaced was built in 1956 and is still safe for traffic but is considered structurally deficient, transportation officials said. The new bridge will be about 10 feet longer than the old bridge, and will be safer for pedestrians and drivers as it will have wider lanes and shoulders, and 5-foot sidewalks on either side.
The cost to replace the bridge is estimated at $1.4 million and construction is scheduled to start by summer.
The public can submit written comments at the meeting or by mail by midnight Nov. 24.
For more information, contact Kristy Alford, the project engineer with NCDOT’s Structures Management Unit, at email@example.com or 919-707-6531.