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N.C. nears deal for toll bridge to northern OBX

Posted October 19, 2009

— State officials and environmentalists are nearing a deal to build a 5-mile bridge to link the northern Outer Banks with the mainland.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported Monday that the $650 million toll bridge would stretch over the Currituck Sound to Corolla, known for its lighthouse and wild horses. Projected tolls on the Mid-Currituck Bridge would be $10 to $15 for a one-way trip. The bridge is expected to generate $7 million in its first year.

The bridge would be aimed at relieving logjams for summer tourists on U.S. Highway 158 and N.C. Highway 12. For those traveling from the north, getting to Corolla requires going south almost to Kitty Hawk, a U-turn that can add up to an hour to the trip.

An environmental impact statement on the bridge is expected by the end of the year. Construction is scheduled to begin in February and be finished in 2013.

In April, the state Turnpike Authority entered an agreement with Spanish firms ACS Infrastructure Development and Dragados USA to determine if the project is financially feasible and possibly become investors for it.

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  • pinckney02 Oct 22, 2009

    Rangerchief, You are to tell me that a $10-15 toll, at about 3 to 4 miles long makes more sense at way more than $4-5 per mile to go from the northern OBX to NC 136 where it connects US 158? Tolls in NYC are

  • rangerchef Oct 20, 2009

    upinouterspace:
    Are you even familiar with the location this bridge would be in?
    Extending 12 all the way to the line and then into Sandbridge would be near impossible and definetly not cost-effective.

    Look at a map and rethink your comment.
    I don't agree with the bridge mainly because it will destroy corolla and duck (even more)

  • pbjbeach Oct 20, 2009

    upinouterspace:

    The politicians an the ncdot in this state have never been know for doinjg what is right only what is right for them as politician an for what ever the state contracting industry wants this way the politicians get to give away state taxpayers finding to particular road building contractors an in returen the pols get campaine contribuations from the contracting industry. Just another case of one hand washing the other as usual in north carolina thank you

  • upinouterspace Oct 19, 2009

    I don't understand why they have to build a bridge anyway? Why can't they just extend Highway 12 all the way up to the Virginia State Line, and then continue it until it hits Sandpiper Road in southern Virginia Beach. This is more economical and makes more SENSE.

  • pbjbeach Oct 19, 2009

    I personaly do not plan to spend the seven to ten dollars to ride this propose new bridge to corrola, i will say this much though i surely hope that this one will ride better for the taxpayers of the state than the last bridge that was built crossing the Roanoke Sound For the last one built rides like SH--. This was just another prime example of basnight pushing the contractor to hurry up an complete it for the up comming summer tourist traffic expect on the beach area WHEN CROSSING IT. IT WILL NEARLY THROUGH YOU OUT OF YOUR VEHICALS BOUNCING SO BADLEY

  • cm64 Oct 19, 2009

    Someway, somehow the taxpayers of NC will end of footing a large part of the cost and maintenace for this bridge, just so relatively few people can live in "paradise" on the beach. Wow Basnight is powerful.

  • iron fist Oct 19, 2009

    Just another way to tax, just using a different name.

  • bill52674 Oct 19, 2009

    The nearby free road is Hwy 64 which is pretty much the only way to get on the island.

  • Tax Man Oct 19, 2009

    If they toll this passage they must also provide for a similar, near by "free" passage - where would that be? And if there was a close by similar free road why would you need the toll bridge?