Sand pumping complete; now the wait begins at Bonner Bridge

Two days of dredging from the Oregon Inlet navigation channel to an area under the Bonner Bridge has wrapped up, but it will be several days before the N.C. Department of Transportation knows if the span is any closer to reopening to traffic.

The dredge Alaska, which has been digging out the chronically clogged channel since early November, spent Saturday and Sunday moving sand from near Bodie Island spit to an area where sand surrounding a set of pilings had washed away, forcing the state to shut down the 50-year-old bridge a week ago.