Marc Basnight Bridge to close for 30 minutes Monday for survey scan

Published 12:59 pm Thursday, March 4, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will be performing a high-resolution scan of the Marc Basnight Bridge over Oregon Inlet on Monday, March 8. The scan will require a 30-minute closure of the bridge from 8-8:30 a.m.

Flaggers and message boards will be in place on both approaches to the bridge to warn motorists of the closure. The Marc Basnight Bridge carries NC 12 across Oregon Inlet.

During the scan, a device mounted on a slow-moving vehicle will map the elevation and coordinates for millions of points along the bridge deck. The sensitivity of the equipment requires it to perform the scan without interference from passing traffic, stated a press release from NCDOT.

“The Basnight Bridge was built to last 100 years and is designed to expand and contract with changing weather conditions,” stated the release. “The 3-D scan survey will provide engineers with data they need to ensure the long-term health of the bridge.”

Next week’s scan is separate from the state’s first-ever bridge inspection conducted by a drone, which was completed on the Marc Basnight Bridge Feb. 22.

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