Old Deeds Help State Save Millions On Coastal Bridge

A state transportation official says the discovery of two old deeds will help North Carolina save $300 million when it replaces the bridge across Oregon Inlet on the Outer Banks.

The discovery of the deeds will allow the state Department of Transportation to save the money while replacing the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge. The existing 21/2-mile-long bridge was built in 1963.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported Monday that the deeds were found in the archives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The documents from 1953 and 1958 give the state right of way at any time through a wildlife refuge at the southern end of the bridge.

Department of Transportation Chief Operating Officer Jim Trogdon said the documents will let planners build a route that doesn't follow the current right of way.

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