Road Worrier blog
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on September 15, 2014
The state Department of Transportation is in quiet talks with its longtime courtroom nemesis, the Southern Environmental Law Center, on a deal to replace the deteriorating Bonner Bridge with a new parallel bridge over Oregon Inlet on the Outer Banks.
The two parties said Monday they hope to find common ground in the wake of an Aug. 6 federal appellate court ruling in a 3-year-old lawsuit that has stalled construction on a new bridge. Both sides had claimed the ruling as a partial victory in their long-running, often bitter fight over narrow barrier islands where tourists and residents depend on a road that is frequently undermined by ocean storms and rising seas.
The announcement about a parallel bridge appeared to signal that the Southern Environmental Law Center will give up its quest to have DOT replace Bonner with a 17-mile-long bridge that would carry N.C. 12 over Pamlico Sound, bypassing the entire Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and returning to dry land at Rodanthe on Hatteras Island.
Posted on September 11, 2014
Drivers will use a 9-mile detour while the Auburn Knightdale Road bridge over the Neuse River is demolished and replaced with a new bridge.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on September 10, 2014
Citing an appellate court ruling against its plans to replace the aging Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet, NCDOT said it will suspend work on another Outer Banks bridge.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on September 9, 2014
Enviva LP, based in Maryland, will make wood pellets to be shipped to Europe from its planned export facility at the state port in Wilmington.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on September 8, 2014
After decades of delay, North Carolina's Department of Transportation is preparing to start construction on a highway project that will provide the last stoplight-free link for a new north-south freeway from Interstate 85 in northern Durham to Interstate 40 at Research Triangle Park.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on September 5, 2014
Advertising and naming rights could generate a few million dollars a year when NCDOT puts corporate logos and messages on ferries, smartphone apps, rest areas and highway shoulders.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on September 2, 2014
If an abandoned or wrecked car was towed away on orders from a state trooper, the owner can find its location by checking a new NC Highway Patrol web page. You can find the towed-away car's location by searching on the owner's name, the license number or the Vehicle Identification Number.