Lawmakers to get video backing mid-county bridge

By on October 4, 2012

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Currituck County has produced a video explaining to state officials and lawmakers the need for the proposed mid-Currituck bridge and the Knotts Island ferry.

The video was shown earlier this week to members of the state Board of Transportation, who are meeting Thursday in Nags Head.

Copies are also being provided to a legislative committee that is meeting Friday to talk about possibly killing the project, and other proposed toll roads and bridges across the state.

County commissioners, tourism leaders, and citizens plan to head to Raleigh to be present at the meeting between the Joint Oversight Committee and leaders of the North Carolina Turnpike Authority.

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Real Busy OBXer

October 9, 2012 8:33 pm

I agree that we need the new bridge in Currituck, but let’s fix the Bonner (Oregon Inlet) Bridge first. Right, Pat Avon.

common sense

October 8, 2012 11:47 am

This is all talking about Currituck county…how about the folks who are just passing through to Dare county? It’s just as bad even if you aren’t headed back north to Currituck! Once you get past the logjam due to that northbound traffic, it’s reasonably smooth sailing.

The easy solution is to travel to the Outer Banks on a day other than Saturday, but that doesn’t work for everyone…

I think the bridge needs to be built…the number of people traveling isn’t going to decrease…so may as well do something about the problem!

obxcarl

October 8, 2012 10:02 am

Don’t build it. I liked it better when we just had a 2 lane road coming through. We already got a bunch of tourist that won’t leave and call themselfs locals. Complete waste of money. Spend that money on to schools and I’m in.

HL

October 6, 2012 9:36 am

This will do nothing but make another traffic jam 15 miles north. It will also kill the service and trades industries for the locals, due to the new influx of larger VA Carpetbaggers that can out bid them. Plus it won’t be built by an American company….complete waste of money.

Steve

October 5, 2012 2:07 pm

Everyone is for progress as long as it is not in their backyard. Everybody wants their version of a secluded paradise with no tourists or development ruining it all. We all want our ocean or sound front home that is surrounded only by nature.

No matter how you try to romanticize the “local” community on the Outer Banks, tourism is the lifeblood of the economy. We depend on visitors. Unless you can bring manufacturing, a University, or bring back the small fishing industry. Tourism is all we have. Too many people depend on it directly or indirectly for their livelihoods.

Truth is, people will always visit the Outer Banks whether they wait two hours in traffic or four. If the residents really wanted to cut down on traffic, they would close the current bridge on the weekends… But I doubt that will ever happen.

The potential economic impact for Currituck far out ways any local romantic notion of keeping things small and how they used to be… And if you are one who moved here to because of the small secluded nature of the Currituck beaches… you really can’t deny anyone else the same desire to do so.

Will it change every? Of course it will. But with the right stewardship, the Currituck Outer Banks can become an accessible wonderful experience for all those wanting something different.

Bigdaddy

October 5, 2012 8:37 am

I didn’t see any comments from residents. Oh yea, they wouldn’t say what they wanted to hear. How many deaths and injuries have he had from the hurricanes that were evacuated for? I believe that is zero. What a waste of tax dollars. I guess they could shut it down in the spring fal and winter to save on wear and tear.

steve

October 5, 2012 7:43 am

I’m on Hatteras Island Saturday is impossible. Just turning onto the highway can be a major challenge. And don’t bother trying to get groceries on a Saturday or Sunday.
The last thing we need is easier access.

Pat Avon

October 4, 2012 4:55 pm

This traffic is a Saturday… Why is there only one change over day?? I know I do not live north, but everyone knows you can not go anywhere Saturdays.. also all the service people have to work like H!!!I know I was one.. and the bumper to bumper traffic is nuts everywhere..Check out all at the same time.. Then rush like H!! to clean…to get the homes ready. on one day..How is going to pay for this in the long run?? Taxes?? for one day of traffic a week? The winters and during the week the road is not crowded at all..Stagger the change overs, for traffic and working conditions..make sense to me..Instead of taxing us because the tolls will not pay for it..for a road for Saturdays check in..let the State replace the Bonner bridge first..it is unsafe..

steve

October 4, 2012 4:45 pm

Almost every problem we have can be attributed to to many tourists. The hoards will be our downfall. It has already happened on Hatteras Island.
A more restricted travel corridor would be better for us.

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