North Carolina’s Bonner Bridge replacement over Oregon Inlet could get new name

The North Carolina Board of Transportation committee says the new replacement bridge over Oregon Inlet to Hatteras Island will open soon, and when it does, it may have a new name, The News & Observer reports.

It may be named after Marc Basnight, the Democratic state Senator who represented the area from 1984 to 2011 and was a champion for replacing the bridge. The full Board of Transportation is expected to approve the name change during its March 7 meeting.

The new 2.8-mile bridge, which carries N.C. 12 over the inlet, was built alongside the 56-year-old Herbert C. Bonner Bridge and is expected to open to traffic in late February. A blessing and wreath-laying ceremony took place February 16 at the bridge’s highest point, 90 feet, and the public was allowed to walk or ride bicycles on the bridge from the north end.

A formal bridge dedication ceremony will take place in early April, at which time the new sign may be in place naming it the “Marc Basnight Bridge.”