Birds eye view of the lifeline to Hatteras Island, the Herbert Bonner Bridge, which was recently closed to traffic due to immediate safety concerns. Short term solution will be to utilize the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock dredge in the center of the image to pump sand around the pilings which were deemed unsafe due to excessive scouring – sand erosion from around the base structures. This process will take weeks at the very least. The closing of the bridge will be a major headache for the residents of Hatteras Island as they will have to take a ferry from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe. I once waited for 10 hours for the 1.5 hour ferry ride. It’s no fun. But visitors should keep in the mind Hatteras Island is worth the wait and one of the most beautiful places on earth. Hopefully this will be a blessing in disguise and a much stronger and safer bridge can be built sooner rather than later.