The Bonner Bridge was opened today after two years of construction! Vehicles can now travel from Nags Head to Hatteras Island on the brand new bridge! The Herbert C. Bonner bridge is an Outer Banks historical staple. Here’s a quick run down of fast facts that you need to know about the brand new replacement bridge!

Replacement Bonner Bridge under construction

1 // Construction on the new bridge began in March 2016.

2 // The new bridge is about 2.8 miles long, rises 90 feet over Oregon Inlet and cost $252 million dollars.

3 // The new bridge is expected to last 100 years.

4 // The original Herbert C. Bonner Bridge was officially opened in 1963 and allowed access to Hatteras Island by vehicle rather than ferry.

Bonner Bridge 1963
Original Bonner bridge in 1963 | Image via Outer Banks Vintage Scrapbook

5 // An informal ceremony was held for pedestrian walking and running was held on February 9th.

6 // The old bridge was only expected to last for 20 years, but survived harsh elements for 56.

6 // 1,000 feet of the original bridge will still be used as a pedestrian walkway.

7 // A formal dedication to the new bridge will be held on April 2nd.

8 // The new replacement bridge has not be named yet, but could be decided at the state Board of Transportation meeting happening in Raleigh next week.

9 // The new bridge is the first in the state to be built with stainless reinforcing steel. The steel will protect the bridge against the salt water.