Community Day celebrates Rodanthe Bridge

Published 7:27 pm Friday, April 15, 2022

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At 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, Win Bridgers, NCDOT deputy division engineer, approached the podium and opened the Community Day event for the Rodanthe Bridge.

The ceremony was brief. Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard spoke. Hatteras Island commissioner Danny Couch shared historic tidbits.

A red ribbon was cut by Bridgers, Dare commissioners and representatives for U.S. Representative Greg Murphy and U.S. Senator Richard Burr.

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Then people started walking or riding bicycles along the bridge. Some went part way. Others managed the entire distance. Some brought their dogs for the walk.

Unlike runners in the first event who were concentrating on a race, these event attendees stopped, looked at Pamlico Sound and viewed the island’s S-curve which the bridge replaces.

People continued to arrive throughout the afternoon. The last folks cleared the bridge about 5:20 p.m. Two NCDOT staffers finished up about 6:30 p.m.

A posting from NCDOT said, “Whether you came on two wheels, two legs, or four legs, we want to thank everyone who came out for Community Day on the new Rodanthe Bridge! We hope you enjoyed it… and we look forward to opening the bridge to vehicle traffic in the next few weeks.”