Proposed route of the Mid Currituck Bridge. Plans are moving forward to begin construction in 2019.
The past two years have been among the most productive for moving major road projects forward in the region. Last year state and funding approval was crafted into the state budget for the Mid Currituck Bridge and this past year, NCDOT and the Southern Environmental Law Center reached a historic agreement that will allow the aging Bonner Bridge connecting Hatteras Island with the mainland to be replaced.
All of this has occurred on Governor Pat McCrory’s watch and this afternoon he came to Manteo at the invitation of the local State Transportation Board Member Malcolm Fearing to discuss how the approval of the bridges will be integrated into a regional transportation plan.
The Bonner Bridge project is already moving forward, although construction will not begin until late winter or early spring next year. Indications are the Mid Currituck Bridge will also meet its 2019 start date and 2022 completion deadlines.
Held at the Dare County Arts Council Gallery—the old Dare County Courthouse—Governor McCrory outlined a plan that included actively working with environmental groups to address concern before plans are finalized. Additionally he envisioned an improved transportation network linking all of NE North Carolina to the Hampton Road metro region.
The Governor is proposing issuing bonds to fund construction of an improved US 17, an alternate route that connects Elizabeth City with Chesapeake, giving visitors another way to get to the Outer Banks and NE North Carolina.