Rodanthe Jug Handle Bridge online update meeting set for Thursday

Arial view of the Jug Handle Bridge. [photo by Kerry Hooper, Jr. of Hooper Photography Solutions, LLC, courtesy Island Free Press]

State transportation officials are inviting local residents and other interested parties to a virtual project update meeting Thursday, Dec. 2, on the ongoing Rodanthe “Jug Handle” Bridge project.

The bridge, which is currently under construction and nearing completion on the Outer Banks, is a long-term transportation solution for parts of N.C. 12 vulnerable to flooding. The N.C. Department of Transportation is raising 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.

The bridge is due for completion in early 2022.

The virtual meeting will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 2. During the meeting, NCDOT officials and project engineers will provide an update on the project’s progress and answer questions.

To join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone, go to:

People may listen to the audio portion of the meeting by calling 1-646-749-3122. When prompted, use the access code 344-589-997.

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