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Avoid ‘Jug Handle’ Bridge Work Site: NCDOT

Water sports enthusiasts on the Pamlico Sound are urged to stay at least a football field away from the $145 million Rodanthe Bridge Project currently under construction.

The area around the Rodanthe “jug-handle” bridge is considered an active construction zone, and safety is the main concern, state Department of Transportation officials said Friday.

The Rodanthe ‘Jug Handle’ Bridge is under construction in Pamlico Sound. Photo: NCDOT

“There are cranes moving and swinging heavy loads, and bridge workers on boats and under bridge lifts all around the project,” said project engineer Pablo Hernandez. “It’s just not a safe place for jet skis, kayaks and kiteboards right now. We’d like them to stay at least 300 feet away from the bridge, which is easy to visualize since it’s the length of a football field”

The project, which will take N.C. 12 over Pamlico Sound to bypass a section of the highway susceptible to flooding, is expected to be complete in the fall of 2021.

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