After an abrupt two-week closure that left residents of the Outer Banks stranded and angry, a key bridge linking the islands to the mainland has reopened.
Gov. Pat McCrory and fellow Republicans are piling up the pressure, hoping an environmental group drops its lawsuit against North Carolina's plans to replace a key Outer Banks bridge.
The Bonner Bridge, a pivotal connection that ferries residents and tourists of Hatteras Island to and from mainland North Carolina, has been closed abruptly due to safety concerns.
For the next several weeks, though, the only lifeline for residents on the Island will be ferry service.
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