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Rodanthe Bridge Project Update Planned

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

State transportation officials will host an online meeting  6 p.m. March 4 to give updates on the Rodanthe “Jug Handle” bridge project currently under construction.

During the meeting, North Carolina Department of Transportation officials and project engineers will provide an update on the project’s progress and answer questions.

The bridge is a long-term transportation solution for N.C. 12 estimated to cost $145.33 million. The project is to raise the highway onto a 2.4-mile bridge that extends over Pamlico Sound between the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and Rodanthe, according to NCDOT.

The bridge is due for completion in late 2021 or early 2022.

To join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone, visit

People may listen to the audio portion of the meeting by calling 1-408-650-3213. When prompted, use the access code 543757085.

Comments can be submitted during the meeting by calling 1-984-205-6615, entering project code 8679 and leaving a message. Participants may also submit comments 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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Jennifer Allen

Born and raised in Swansboro, Jennifer Allen graduated from Appalachian State University in 2002 and picked up a second degree from UNC-Charlotte the following year. She joined the staff of the Carteret County News-Times in Morehead City in 2005 and completed her master's at UNC-Wilmington in 2008. Jenn spent nine years writing and editing at the News-Times before joining the staff at the Town of Beaufort in 2014, where she served as public information officer and town clerk. On June 1, 2017, Jenn came aboard as assistant editor for Coastal Review Online. She has also written for Our State Magazine and other regional and statewide publications. She lives in Morehead City with her fiancé and their pups, Zaphod Beeblebrox and Octavius, but for short, they call him Gus.