Important Information About Bonner Bridge Closure
The video below features NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata and local officials outlining a plan of action for the Bonner Bridge.
- Dare County Addresses the Closure of Bonner Bridge
Dare County is closely monitoring the situation related to NCDOT’s closure of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge due to safety concerns. Emergency Management and the Dare County Board of Commissioners are in close communication with NCDOT leadership, the North Carolina Governor’s Office, and elected officials in Washington, D.C. Dare County has declared a state of emergency for Hatteras Island to ensure access to state resources as needed. At this time, there are no restrictions in place related to the state of emergency declaration.
NCDOT has established an emergency ferry route between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe that will operate until service to the bridge is restored. Ferry information is available at 1-800-293-3779.
Essential emergency services to Hatteras Island are in place. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is fully staffed and able to respond to calls for service on Hatteras Island and transport patients to medical facilities operating on Hatteras Island and elsewhere. At the moment, the Dare MedFlight helicopter is out of service for maintenance. However, Vidant Health is making their helicopter available for service and Dare County EMS will also have access to Coast Guard helicopters and assistance from the Norfolk based Nightingale helicopter when needed.
The Dare County Board of Commissioners has established a special phone bank in order to help residents, visitors, and businesses with information about access to Hatteras Island and available services. To reach the phone bank call (252) 475-5655.
For ongoing information about NCDOT’s effort to repair the bridge and restore service visit www.ncdot.gov.