I just received official word. The bridge construction project will be essentially finished and NC Highway 12 will reopen to traffic at 5 pm on Wednesday, March 5. It has been a generally easy burden to bear. Essential services have been maintained, and no dire emergency situations have arisen. It was certainly better than the alternative (closing one lane for two eight month periods).
The road will be open in plenty of time for Spring Break/Easter weeks. Let's hope it warms up by then. Nighttime temperatures have been hovering near freezing the last several nights. But it's almost 50 degrees right now.
(I can only imagine the local traffic that will be traversing the bridges Wednesday evening! I'm guessing there will be a steady stream of cars full of folks checking out the finished project.)
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a fun island crossword puzzle. You can view it here.