Richard Stradling @RStradling of the The News & Observer has an update, NCDOT: Bonner Bridge contractor was not driving pilings when it damaged cables, from the NC DOT that explained what happened during the Bonner Bridge construction that led to the Hatteras and Ocracoke power outages.
As he reports worker’s were basically sticking the steel casing into the ground, much like someone would with a shovel they weren’t using at the time. This has now led to the closing of the southern OBX.
The workers who accidentally drove a steel casing into underground power cables at the Bonner Bridge last week were not using it to drive new pilings at the time but were instead moving the casing to a place where it could be stored temporarily, according to a spokesman for the N.C. Department of Transportation.
Tim Hass said Tuesday that workers were doing cleanup work at the south end of the bridge when the casing, or sleeve, was driven into the ground at about 4:30 a.m. on July 27. The casing damaged two of three underground cables that provide power to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, forcing the evacuation of thousands of tourists during the height of the summer season.
Hass said people from NCDOT were on hand to supervise work at the bridge, as they do on all large projects, but they were at the north end of the bridge, where construction was taking place at the time of the accident. Workers used a crane to put the sleeve into the ground, the way someone might stick a shovel in the dirt when it’s not needed.