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Ribbon-Cutting April 2 for Basnight Bridge

NAGS HEAD — State, federal and local officials will be on the Outer Banks April 2 to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly constructed bridge over Oregon Inlet that opened Feb. 25 to traffic.

​​Traffic crosses the new bridge over Oregon Inlet on its opening day Feb.25.​​​ A ribbon ceremony for the bridge will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Photo: NCDOT

Named in honor of former state Sen. Marc Basnight, who was born in Manteo, the ceremony for the new bridge will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the south end of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, 8770 Oregon Inlet Road, DOT announced Friday.

At the request of the Dare County Board of Commissioners, and Kill Devil Hills, Manteo and Nags Head, the state Board of Transportation March 7 voted to designate the new construction the Marc Basnight Bridge.

Basnight represented Dare County in the Senate from 1984 until 2011, serving as president pro tempore from 1993 until 2010.

NCDOT describes the former senator in the proclamation naming the new bridge as a force behind the replacement project from the beginning.

The section of the old bridge that will remain intact will be used as a pedestrian walkway and retain the Herbert C. Bonner name, according to a previous announcement.

Parking will be available in the parking lot of the Oregon Inlet Boat Ramp.

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