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.”