Mid-Currituck “Build the Bridge” Controversy .
On Monday a bill “H817 was sent back to the North Carolina State
Senate for final discussion. This bill zero’s out the gap funding for the
bridge, basically doing away with the funding for the project. We NEED this
bridge for many reasons.
Recently, I was visiting on the South Jersey shore, Ocean City to
be specific. There are 4 bridges giving access and egress to this 7 mile long
island. FOUR bridges in all for a 7 mile island! The Outer Banks stretches 158
miles and we have TWO. The Kitty Hawk bridge and the Manteo bridge, that’s it!
The need for the Mid-County bridge is not just about convenience, it is about
common sense and safety. We need more than TWO ways off the island.
Anyone that has ventured to the Outer Banks on a mid-season
weekend knows just how congested the roads are and how long it can take to get
off or on the island. Compound this with a serious hurricane and you have a
recipe for disaster.
But its more than that. Those folks "patiently" sitting
in their cars trying to make their way down to our "Little Slice of
Paradise" for the much needed vacation that they have planned and saved
for all year long, are the reason that the rest of us can afford to call the
Outer Banks home. And God Bless them for it! The Mid-County Bridge will
dramatically reduce the traffic delays and enhance our guests overall vacation
experience, a fact that can't help but improve our overall economy.
The bridge is expected to run from Coinjock (where you cross the
intercoastal waterway on the mainland) to the north end of Monteray Shores in
Corolla. So who ever you are: Native, Local, Long Time Resident or Occasional
Visitor, take a minute to contact our Governor and Senators and tell them you
are in support of the Mid-Currituck bridge.
Governor Pat McCrory: www.governor.state.nc.us/contact Tweet to @PatMcCroryNC
Senator Richard Burr: www.burr.senate.gov/contact 202-224-3154
Senator Kay Hagan: