By Outer Banks Voice on May 27, 2022
On the afternoon of May 27, Dare County released this information on the creation of a new navigational channel to respond to serious shoaling problems at Oregon Inlet.
A new navigational channel at Oregon Inlet has been established. The previous Oregon Inlet Channel on the west side of the Marc Basnight Bridge (NC-12), between spans 23 and 31, has been disestablished due to severe shoaling.
Span 34, between bents 33 and 34, has been designated as the temporary navigation span for the Marc Basnight Bridge (NC-12) over Oregon Inlet, mile 0.5, between Rodanthe and Nags Head, Dare County, NC. Span 34 provides a vertical clearance of approximately 37 feet above mean high water and a horizontal clearance of approximately 146 feet. Mariners should transit this area with extreme caution and due regard for the reduced navigational clearances, lack of a bridge fender system and shoaling in the waterway.