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Mid-Currituck Bridge Status




Haven't heard any news in quite a while regarding the proposed mid-Currituck bridge. Anyone heard anything about the status of the approvals? law suits? projected timelines?


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In my opinion not in my lifetime. Two to three opening is a laugher! The Local Public and Residents have a lot of concerns but most of it is preservation of the area. Preservation is a big word with many sub thoughts. The bridge makes sense only for ease of traveling and naturally Hurricane evacuation. Inevtably it will bring more people, daytrippers etc. I would also think Duck will loose some business. There are really two mindsets here. Vacationers who want their trips easier and have more services. The other group really wants to keep the area a low key, small, family type beach area. Who wins ? Big Money always. Years ago we use to call them Land Maggots. Oh, well that's an old time locals perspective. Be that as it may!


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In my opinion not in my lifetime. Two to three opening is a laugher! The Local Public and Residents have a lot of concerns but most of it is preservation of the area. Preservation is a big word with many sub thoughts. The bridge makes sense only for ease of traveling and naturally Hurricane evacuation. Inevtably it will bring more people, daytrippers etc. I would also think Duck will loose some business. There are really two mindsets here. Vacationers who want their trips easier and have more services. The other group really wants to keep the area a low key, small, family type beach area. Who wins ? Big Money always. Years ago we use to call them Land Maggots. Oh, well that's an old time locals perspective. Be that as it may!


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Thanks for all the posts, hoi toide - very informative.


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In my opinion not in my lifetime. Two to three opening is a laugher! The Local Public and Residents have a lot of concerns but most of it is preservation of the area. Preservation is a big word with many sub thoughts. The bridge makes sense only for ease of traveling and naturally Hurricane evacuation. Inevtably it will bring more people, daytrippers etc. I would also think Duck will loose some business. There are really two mindsets here. Vacationers who want their trips easier and have more services. The other group really wants to keep the area a low key, small, family type beach area. Who wins ? Big Money always. Years ago we use to call them Land Maggots. Oh, well that's an old time locals perspective. Be that as it may!

Pickle


I am a "vacationer" who has stayed in Sanderling and Whalehead Beach for the last 30 some years. Although I don't live or own property there I do have an opinion and have expressed it numerous times on this board. I oppose the bridge.

A couple of things Pickle mentioned: Duck may lose some business.....maybe, but the Lower Currituck mainland will for sure. As for the hurricane evacuation....with the advances in hurricane predictions from since the bridge was proposed back in the 1990s that to me is a weak argument.

Other issues:
The new "ease" of travel to the northern Outer Banks will increase pressure for upzoning….proponents say there is no land left....guess no one has heard of redevelopment.
Pressure will increase to take the pavement further north into the current 4X4 areas.
Infrastructure....with the increased pressure to build at higher densities and most likely more non-residential stuff can the sewer systems, drainage system, potable water supply meet those demands without impacting the environment?


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I agree with Robert, be careful what you wish for because it will certainly change what is there now. He is right about development here, I call it recycling. Someone buys a lot with an old home and they tear down and build bigger. If made easier they will up there too. But I doubt I will see it in my lifetime.


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Thanks for all the posts, hoi toide - very informative.

obxmini


You’re welcome! I had posted about the SELC filing back on April 26, 2019 in the “Local Issues” forum here...and got crickets. So maybe our members need all the pertinent facts, rather than opinions in order to make an informed post/comment.

Should be “interesting” to see how this SELC filing pans out, as the bridge is now past the “proposal” stage. I’m of the opinion too that it never gets built but then maybe I’m just jaded from hearing about it for 35+ years. 491 Million, wow. Wonder what the legal fees will be?

It would seem as though we’re on the right track with staggering check-in days since the WMB Saturday traffic backups are a thing of the past for several years now. I am sympathetic to school commuters but you must know what you’re getting into prior to residing on the Currituck beaches...


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Agree with not building the bridge. Having my first visit here in 1975, I still remember the Outer Banks of long ago. No Village of Nags Head, No Oceanfront Condos in the "Mid Section", a significant Dune Line along the Beach Road. Build the Bridge and the People Will come along with Development up North. Ugh!


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technically I started vacationing as a baby in 1962 and have seen old photos my parents took and home movies. When I say there was NOTHING there in KH KDH and NH. a few motels, WINKs, you brought in your own groceries, and the locals. Now look at KH KDH and NH. My parents did not buy land which was plentiful and I could cry now because there were no jobs in the area of course and dad only had 1 week off a year, that was during the foundry days when men really worked for a living. oh you know what I mean. I agree Currituck will see big changes with a bridge.


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Haven't heard any news in quite a while regarding the proposed mid-Currituck bridge. Anyone heard anything about the status of the approvals? law suits? projected timelines?

MarieC


No news is good news for those in the " don't do" side of things but don't let this little bridge over a Sound thing get around to much. There is someone out there right now looking for a tall building site (no matter where it's placed) with a big and beautiful two words on it. Thumbs down


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Half a billiom is a whole lot to spend on a bridge to alleviate tourist traffic. Make that three qyarters of a billion with inflation.


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^ ^ ^ I agree. That could pave a lot of roads in NC.

But honestly, the roads in NC make most of the roads in Ohio look like dirt paths.


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Agree with not building the bridge. Having my first visit here in 1975, I still remember the Outer Banks of long ago. No Village of Nags Head, No Oceanfront Condos in the "Mid Section", a significant Dune Line along the Beach Road. Build the Bridge and the People Will come along with Development up North. Ugh!

Pickle

I have memories of see/watching stone masons building the original stone entrance into the Village of Nags Head on the west side of 158
The dune line was destroyed
during the 'Nor easter', in the spring of 1989.
We had an Ocean front that was severely
damaged along with 200+house.
During that storm 55+ OF house were damaged beyond repair and torn down.



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I have to admit that I used to be a big proponent of the bridge. I hated the long traffic lines through Duck and was willing to pay to cut an hour off my trip. But my 13 year old helped me to see the light. His insight was simple, but profound. If we don't want Corolla to be ruined by having more people, then don't make it easier to get to. Only those of us who know and love that beach will be willing to put up with the hassles to get there. What day-tripper is going to risk getting "stuck in Duck" when there are easier beaches to access south of Corolla?

And it's not just a Saturday morning thing. On any given evening, dinner time traffic heading south into Duck or below, can cause stop and go back-ups for miles in northern Duck.




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Thanks everyone for this information and your thoughts. I've lived in NJ my entire life. I grew up in a beach community. I've seen firsthand what development can do....and it's NOT what should happen to OBX. I bought a home in Corolla just a few years ago with the hopes of retiring to a quiet and peaceful shore community. Although initially tempted to see how the mid-Currituck bridge would inflate the property values, I'm a few years older and wiser in knowing the true value in my property there. I certainly hope OBX does not wind up like many of the shore communities in NJ!!!


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What's most annoying is that NCDOT has delayed hundreds of projects recently, yet still have the MCB on course for next year (which won't happen, but still...). I believe it was left out due to the fact its considered a toll road and exempt from their suspension.

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Half a billiom is a whole lot to spend on a bridge to alleviate tourist traffic. Make that three qyarters of a billion with inflation.

tc08105


And the financial projections are also based on funding that's contingent on hefty tolls at large volume to pay for the bridge - 2-3 times the existing tolls, year round, at higher volume. The amount of traffic it would need to reach financial feasibility would overrun any perceived reduction in traffic alleviation at existing levels. It would take a lot of car traffic to make the math work.

No accident this has been in the works since the 1970s and not been built.


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My photo, taken September 2006, of sign on sound side of 12 across from our cottage in Sanderling. If I had a chain saw it would have been gone. Just doing my Lady Bird Johnson thing.




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