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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  • by James Location: OBX on May 10, 2009 at 02:10 PM
    Now maybe the money that was stolen from the education fund can be returned!!!!
  • by Tom on May 5, 2009 at 04:18 AM
    Humm.. sounds a bit fishy that this old deed was found just in time to save the state some money.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 4, 2009 at 09:49 AM
    Watch most of the money go into the hands of the politicians. If it was me making the decision, I would check into the possibility of four-laning the parts of Highway 12 that are not in those beach villages, and 64 from Columbia to Manteo, and get a new bridge going from mainland Currituck County to Corolla. I am real curious on finding out if there will ever be a bridge going from Hyde County or Hatteras over to Ocracoke, but yet if there is, then Ocracoke will jost not be Ocracoke.

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