The Bonner Bridge replacement will likely get a new name, honoring a different politician

People accustomed to taking the Bonner Bridge to Hatteras Island may need to get used to new name: Basnight Bridge.

A state Board of Transportation committee has recommended naming the new bridge over Oregon Inlet after Marc Basnight, who represented the area in the state Senate from 1984 until his resignation for health reasons in 2011. Basnight, a Democrat from Manteo, was the Senate leader from 1993 until Democrats lost the majority in 2010 and was a champion for replacing the Bonner Bridge.

The full Board of Transportation is expected to approve the name at its meeting March 7.

The new 2.8-mile bridge

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