The Atlantic Beach Causeway Bridge in NC connects with Morehead City in Carteret County and construction began in 1987 to replace the old turn style bridge that was in place at the time. We will have a video soon of this structure, but we do encourage you to share on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook and use the comment section below to have discussions centered around this article and it’s topic.
The current span is .72 miles in length. This is a 4 lane bridge (2 lanes each way) and crosses over Bogue Sound. This is one of two bridges that connect to Bogue Banks with the other being in Emerald Isle at the west end of the island.
If you are travelling this structure in either direction, it offers a spectacular view of both Morehead City and Atlantic Beach along with boat traffic on Bogue Banks. It is not uncommon to see photographers at the top of the high rise taking pictures. In the Spring and Summer months, the view of sunsets from the high rise is absolutely incredible.
If you are visiting the area, be aware that on Sunday afternoons when tourist are leaving, there can be considerable traffic delays on the Causeway Bridge going towards Morehead City as this structure connects with Highway 70 (the main highway out of the area going towards the triad).
Currently, there is talks and planning underway in Atlantic Beach to revitalize the Causeway to be more attractive to people visiting the area.
In talking about traffic, and if you visited the area prior to 1987, then you will remember that the old turn style bridge actually stopped traffic to let boats go through creating severe traffic in the summer months and especially during holiday travel. It was not uncommon prior to 1987 to sit in traffic for 3 hours when leaving the island.
In 2018, the Causeway Bridge had massive state inspections and work completed on it to maintain standards of NCDOT.
If you are crossing this structure as a pedestrian, there is a lane for pedestrian and bicycle traffic in both directions. This structure is also a route for many of the local marathon events and joggers who take advantage of the view.
The speed limit on this bridge is 45 miles per hour and the police departments Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, and the NC State Highway Patrol frequently monitor this structure to impede any accidents, safe travel, and to prevent traffic congestion.
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