The fate of the Mid Currituck Bridge is still up in the air. That statement is probably not a shock to anyone who has followed the ins and out and ups and downs of the project.
At a Thursday meeting in Southern Shores, NCDOT officials were unable to give residents a definitive timeline for the long delayed project. The $500 million plus bridge that will connect the Currituck mainland directly to Corolla is on the NCDOT books as a toll road.
If the project does get a green light, it will probably take about three years to complete.
The hope is that the bridge would alleviate the traffic woes that plague the Outer Banks on summer weekends. The plan is for the bridge to go through Aydlett on the mainland and terminate very close to TimBuck II in Corolla.
The project enjoys widespread local support. Merchants from Kitty Hawk to Corolla view the bridge as the best means to ease traffic jams that keep people in their cars instead of shopping. For residents, especially in the southern part of mainland Currituck County, the bridge hope is the bridge is viewed as the best and perhaps only hope to allow them a relief. At present, when traffic is at its worst, residents in that area feel almost trapped at the busiest times.
Mid Currituck Bridge Lawsuit
The hold up is a suit that the Southern Environmental Law Center has brought alleging the project is an expensive boondoggle and that there are less expensive but equally as effective means to break the traffic jam.
The SELC has favored road improvements and a flyover at the intersection of NC 12 and US 158 in Kitty Hawk.
NCDOT has looked at that option and concluded that it would help, but traffic would continue to be slowed by a two lane road highway that cannot realistically be widened.
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