Regarding the Sept. 16 news article “ Bridge foes working on deal”: Finally, Outer Banks residents who have waited decades for a Bonner Bridge replacement, have reason for optimism.
First, the latest federal appeals court ruling affirmed the NCDOT’s parallel span passes environmental muster, proven in thousands of document pages. Although the court ruling cited one technical problem for review, both sides instead recognize the reality: Ultimately the courts are likely to rule in favor of the parallel Bonner Bridge. This brings us to the next bit of good news from this week.
NCDOT announced that it was in new negotiations with bridge opponents to resolve the legal impasse and start addressing the rest of N.C. 12. It’s unclear what this means for efforts to stabilize N.C. 12 to the south of the bridge, but we know that NCDOT has been a champion of Outer Banks residents and economic development.
I know that thousands of residents in this area are waiting for the day they can exhale, knowing that their long wait for a replacement bridge is over.