Groundbreaking held for new Bonner Bridge construction

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory led a host of dignitaries at the groundbreaking ceremony to launch construction of the replacement for the Bonner Bridge.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports (http://bit.ly/1RySN1t) McCrory was joined by N.C. Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson and U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C.

Construction will start at both ends of the 3.5-mile span and is expected to take about three years to complete.

Last June, state transportation officials and environmental groups reached an agreement allowing for construction of the new bridge, which will run parallel to the current one. The project had been delayed for years by legal wrangling and budget concerns.

When the original Bonner Bridge was built in 1963, it had an expected life span of 30 years.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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