The NC Department of Transportation is planning to replace four bridges on Ocracoke Island. The bridges to be replaced span Island Creek (the one closest to the campground), Old Hammock Creek, Molasses Creek, and Old Quawk's Creek. Although no specific dates seem to have been set yet, the work will be done in the off-season (perhaps in the winter of 2005-2006).
Ocracoke citizens turned out for an informational workshop yesterday to voice our strong position that the work should be done as "staged construction," allowing at least one lane of the bridges to be kept open at all times. Officials at the meeting seemed aware of the concern and pledged to do everything in their power to honor this reasonable request.
The bridge construction will also include shoulders wide enough to accomodate a bike path. Word is that the National Park Service has approved an initial plan to add a bike path from the village of Ocracoke to the Pony Pen, with future plans to extend the bike path all the way to Hatteras Inlet.