Bonner Bridge Replacement
|When:||Tuesday, March 19, 2019|
|Where:||NC State University Club|
|Time:||Registration: 5:30pm Meeting: 6:30pm – 8:30pm|
|RSVP By:||Friday, March 15, 2019|
Traveling the scenic North Carolina Outer Banks requires crossing Oregon Inlet, one of the most dangerous inlets on the Atlantic coast, where treacherous currents, constantly shifting bathymetry, and violent storms are normal occurrences. Access is provided by NC Highway 12, which crosses Oregon Inlet on the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, a critical link between Hatteras and Bodie Islands. Unfortunately, the Bonner Bridge has suffered from severe scour and deterioration in the harsh marine environment, and has required nearly continual maintenance, repair, and retrofit by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) since its completion in 1962. In 2011, NCDOT awarded a design-build contract to replace the bridge, requiring a 100-year service life, design for up to 84’ of scour, and minimal environmental impacts. The associated design and construction challenges created opportunities for innovation and creativity. The resulting 2.8 mile long bridge features extensive use of precast concrete construction for quality, durability, economy, and constructability, a first-of-its-kind driven pile foundation verification method, and innovative, environmentally-sensitive construction approaches.