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Rodanthe Bridge Virtual Update Sept. 3

The “jug handle” bridge’s route will curve around Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Graphic: NCDOT

North Carolina Department of Transportation officials will give updates during a virtual meeting next week on the ongoing Rodanthe “jug handle” bridge project.

The virtual meeting will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, when NCDOT officials will be joined by project engineers to share the project’s progress and answer questions.

The bridge under construction on the Outer Banks is intended to be a long-term transportation solution for N.C. 12, officials said. The highway is being raised onto a 2.4-mile bridge that extends over Pamlico Sound between the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and Rodanthe. The bridge is expected to be completed fall of 2021.

Comments may be submitted during the meeting by calling 855-925-2801, entering project code 8679 and leaving a message. Comments can also be submitted by chat box during the meeting.

Participants can also submit comments before, during or after the meeting by sending feedback to

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