Herbert C. Bonner Bridge Replacement

NXL is currently providing Construction Inspection services on the Bonner Bridge which carries N.C. 12 over the Oregon Inlet between Hatteras and Bodie islands. This bridge is well past its design life and is being replaced with a new bridge that will better withstand its coastal environment. NXL’s senior construction inspector is focusing on the superstructure on the northern approach and provides additional support as needed with the pile and superstructure inspections.

The 3.56 mile long bridge carries N.C. 12 over the Oregon Inlet between Hatteras and Bodie islands and is the only highway connection between Hatteras Island and mainland North Carolina. Designed by PCL, the new bridge will be constructed using high-durability concrete, stainless reinforced steel and other engineering features and is designed to have 100-year life span. Using high-durability concrete, stainless reinforcing steel and other engineering features, the new bridge will have a 100-year life span and will provide more options for navigation under the bridge. NXL is providing Construction Inspection Services on this $250 Million mega-project.

The project has been broken into three segments: the north and south approaches and the navigational spans. Phase I of the project includes building the new bridge just west of where the Bonner Bridge currently stands. Phase II of the project includes implementing permanent solutions for breaches caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011. 

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North Carolina Department of Transportation


Parsons Brinckerhoff


Outer Banks, NC

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