Park Service allows overland bridge through Outer Banks land
RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service is allowing a bridge on North Carolina’s Outer Banks through part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
The park service said Wednesday that its administrators determined the 2-mile-long bridge on Hatteras Island would have no significant impact on the federal land.
The new bridge will reroute NC Highway 12 in the Pamlico Sound to avoid the “S Curves” area at Mirlo Beach in the village of Rodanthe, an area that is routinely covered with ocean water. The area was already one of the island’s narrowest before Hurricane Sandy caused more damage in 2012.
About 150 feet of the bridge will be constructed inside the national park. The rest is being built within the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and over water owned by the state.