Herbert C. Bonner Bridge - 1963 Construction
Back in 1963 the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge completed construction linking Hatteras Island to the mainland. With the bridge in place, the vacation industry blossomed on Hatteras Island. Visitors wanting to enjoy the beaches and fishing now had an easy way to access the island.
Recently a contract was awarded to PCL Constructors Inc. and HDR Engineering Inc. of the Carolinas to build a new bridge spanning the three and a half miles over Oregon Inlet. Bridge construction is projected to start sometime this month.
A ground breaking ceremony will be held on Tuesday at 10 am. The ceremony will take place in the parking lot on the south end (Hatteras Island side) of the bridge. Due to limited parking, guests are asked to park at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, where shuttles will be available to take to the site.
Photos: Outer Banks History Center – Aycock Brown Collection (April 1963)