RALEIGH -- The N.C. Department of Transportation will halt traffic on both sides of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on N.C. 12 over the Oregon Inlet in Dare County at 9 a.m. Monday, March 10, for approximately 30 minutes while the department's Location and Surveys Unit performs a routine mobile scan of the bridge.
In 2012, the department installed scanning technology to allow it to closely monitor any movement of the bridge. A series of points are marked along 150 of the bridge's 200 spans. Each point is surveyed before the start of hurricane season and after each storm to see if it has moved.
This scan will be the first of several scheduled scans done throughout the year, as well as after any severe storms that may hit the area.
Good sunlight and minimum shadows are needed for the scan to be done properly. It is necessary to stop traffic to eliminate shadows from other vehicles during the scan. If it is cloudy or the weather is not favorable, the scan may be rescheduled.
Motorists should expect delays and plan accordingly.