Mid-Currituck Bridge

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Mid-Currituck Bridge
Crosses Currituck Sound
Locale Aydlett, North Carolina
Owner NCDOT
Maintained by NCDOT
Coordinates 36°19′58″N 75°54′28″W / 36.3328°N 75.9079°W / 36.3328; -75.9079Coordinates: 36°19′58″N 75°54′28″W / 36.3328°N 75.9079°W / 36.3328; -75.9079
References: [1]

The Mid-Currituck Bridge is a proposed 7 miles (11 km) two-lane toll bridge that will span across the Currituck Sound, connecting US 158 and NC 12. Preliminary project costs are estimated at $660 million, that also includes several road improvements surrounding the project. Final route decision and bridge design were to be presented in early 2012, with construction to start by end of same year. It was anticipated to be open to traffic in 2017.[1] However, in May 2013 the North Carolina General Assembly rescinded approval of the project.

History[edit]

The project began in 2008 when it was picked up by the North Carolina Turnpike Authority as a possible new toll route in North Carolina. Reasons for the new bridge include reducing traffic/congestion on existing Outer Banks bridges and for evacuations in case of hurricane emergencies.[1]

On January 19, 2012, The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was released by the N.C. Turnpike Authority. It recommended the preferred alternative for the project, which involves construction of the Mid-Currituck Bridge, as well as limited improvements to existing NC 12 and US 158. With final approval expected in the spring, construction would begin in late 2012, opening to traffic in 2017.[2]

The project would include:

  • A straight two-lane bridge connecting the mainland with a northern landing on the Outer Banks;
  • Toll plaza and interchange with US 158, with two-lane bridge over Maple Swamp;
  • Reversing the center turn lane on US 158;
  • Roundabout installed on NC 12, at the bridge landing and Currituck Clubhouse Drive; and
  • Widen NC 12 to four-lane in certain areas, with left turn lanes at intersections that remain two-lane.[3]

In June, 2012, NCDOT recommended not to fund the project through 2013, anticipating possible lawsuits. As a result, the North Carolina General Assembly provided no funds, delaying the project.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "NCDOT: Mid-Currituck Bridge". Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  2. ^ Staff (January 19, 2012). "Turnpike Authority Publishes Final Environmental Impact Statements for Mid-Currituck Bridge". NCDOT. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mid-Currituck Bridge Project". Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ Robertson, Gary (July 16, 2012). "Pending North Carolina toll projects hit a roadblock". Fayettville, NC: FayObserver.com. Retrieved July 16, 2012.