Bonner bridge demolition brings deepest water in years for mariners

Bonner Bridge demolition continues. [Photo courtesy Chicamacomico Banks Water Rescue]

Workers have cleared the way to move navigation through the Oregon Inlet bridges to an area of some of the deepest water in years while demolition continues of the Bonner Bridge.

Dare County Commissioner Steve House said all that remained of the old bridge between bents 174 and 176 have been removed, and the navigation lights were to be moved earlier this week.

Bonner Bridge demolition continues. [Photo courtesy Chicamacomico Banks Water Rescue]
Once the Bonner Bridge is completely removed by the end of the year, the main navigation area under the Basnight Bridge will be marked with permanent lighting between spans 22 and 23, under span 23, with a horizontal clearance of 275 feet.

The Basnight Bridge was built to allow more areas to navigate through the deepest water through the inlet, which is well south of the Bonner’s navigation span.

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