Mid-Currituck bridge one step closer to reality

By on January 19, 2012

The final environmental impact statement has been released on a proposed toll bridge over the Currituck Sound that would stretch between the mainland and Corolla.

The N.C. Turnpike Authority plans for construction on the bridge to start before the end of 2012, with the span opening to traffic by 2017.

In a news release, the Turnpike Authority says the 294-page statement confirms the preferred alternative for the project which involves construction of the bridge, as well as limited improvements to existing N.C. 12 and U.S. 158.

Final federal approval of the project is expected this spring, when the Federal Highway Administration issues its Record of Decision.

“The approval of this FEIS marks an important step forward for this project, which has been years in the making,” said David Joyner, Executive Director of the Turnpike Authority.

“As the environmental planning process nears completion, the Turnpike Authority will determine over the next few months whether to proceed with the public-private partnership option or utilize municipal financing to build the project,” Joyner said.

The impact statement addresses comments received on the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

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The Turnpike Authority says hard copies of the statement will be available by February 3 at the Currituck County Courthouse; public libraries in Corolla, Barco, and Moyock; the Town of Duck Administrative Building; Town Halls in Kitty Hawk and Southern Shores; the NCDOT Maintenance Yard Office in Maple; as well as by appointment at the Turnpike Authority Office in Raleigh.

Comments regarding the impact statement will be accepted until March 12, by email to midcurrituck@ncdot.gov or mailed to Jennifer Harris, P.E., North Carolina Turnpike Authority, 1578 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1578.
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