N.C. 12 decision delayed for study of 7-mile bridge
NCDOT spokesperson Dara Demi says engineers need more time to examine a suggestion by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to build a 7-mile-long bridge that would stretch from the Ranger Station Inlet, currently spanned by the temporary bridge, to the village of Rodanthe on Hatteras Island.
Prior to public meetings held in December and January on the proposed permanent solutions for the breaches at the Ranger Station and Mirlo Beach, the NCDOT planned to present its recommendations by the end of January to Gov. Beverly Perdue.
“It will require additional time for NCDOT to study this possibility and determine whether it is a viable option,” Demi said in an e-mail.
“At this time, we do not have a specific date set to make recommendations to Gov. Perdue; however, we are moving as efficiently as possible to reach that point,” Demi said. “We should have a better idea (in February) of our timeline moving forward.”
Meanwhile at the Ranger Station Inlet, work continues on shoring up the southern approach of the temporary bridge.
Two weeks ago, the NCDOT began placing rocks and sheet piling along the south shore of the inlet cut by Hurricane Irene to prevent erosion from washing out the temporary bridge.
According to a NCDOT video news release (posted below), 200 truck loads of stone and 100 feet of the metal sheeting will be used on each side of the southern approach to the bridge.
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