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Groups: Divert bridge funds

By Cindy Beamon

The Daily Advance

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CURRITUCK — Two environmental groups are suggesting that state funds for the proposed mid-Currituck bridge be redirected toward finding a solution to highway erosion problems in Dare County.

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State and local officials surprised

"The Southern Law Center’s recent proposal to divert state funds away from the mid-Currituck bridge in favor of a Dare County solution to highway erosion problems took state highway and local officials by surprise Wednesday" To claim to be surprised at the most common sense approach to a major on-going issue of access to Hatteras Island is laughable. The state does NOT have the money to spend on political wish list bridges that will take limited state highway funds from many other truly deserving projects. The NCDOT ranked the Mid-Currituck Bridge in relation to area needs and needs throughout the state extremely low in priority. Ranking projects based on non-political criteria, the Mid-Currituck Bridge scored a 2.84 out of a possible 100. So, lets look at the most obvious solution and put the $28 million a year for 40 years needed to fill the gap in funding for the MCB, because tolls will not pay for the constuction and maintenance of the 2 lane, $28 dollar toll each way on a summer weekend, and put those funds to much better use in solving access issues to Hatteras. To claim "surprise" is simply horse pucky!

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