Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Bonner Bridge Safety

The tragedy of a bridge collapse in Minneapolis has been on the minds of everyone this past week and has drawn attention to a bridge closer to home – the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet. The Bridge is 44 years old and has been given a rating of “2” out of “100” with regards to sufficiency; “0” being the worst. NC DOT has maintained that the bridge is inspected every two years and is safe. A merger team was formed in 1992, consisting of 13 federal and state governmental agencies, to work on the replacement of the bridge. With the process taking so long, Dare Commissioner Allen Burrus expressed outrage during last month’s Commissioners meeting regarding the postponement of a meeting with the Bridge merger team. The meeting is now scheduled to be held on August 15th. The Board of Commissioners has requested a meeting with Governor Mike Easley to make the replacement of the Bridge a priority. For more information about efforts to replace the bridge and how you can help, go to www.replacethebridgenow.com.

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