After decades of studies, plans and juridical arguments, the North Carolina Department of Transportation announced the agreement with environmental groups to replace the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge with a new bridge parallel to the existing span. The old bridge was built in 1963 and it was designed to last only for 30 years.
"Their plan is going to turn a rare and unique wildlife refuge into a 50-year construction zone," Julie Youngman, a senior SELC attorney.” said in the past.
But now Youngman said "We are pleased that NCDOT and its partner agencies will consider additional options for N.C. 12 that will provide safe, reliable transportation by avoiding the areas where erosion and washouts shut down the road in its current location. This is a win-win for the Refuge and everyone who relies on N.C. 12.”