BRADENTON, Fla. - The North Carolina Department of Transportation closed the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet along the Outer Banks on Dec. 3 citing safety concerns.

Plans to replace the 50-year-old bridge have stalled due to an Oct. 1 environmental group’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that would have allowed construction to begin on a $215.8 million parallel bridge. A project permit from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Coastal Management is also being challenged.

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