Dear Mr. President: Fix The Bonner Bridge

An environmental group has written President Obama, supporting a 17-mile bridge to replace the old one that crosses North Carolina's Oregon Inlet.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reported the Southern Environmental Law Center wrote the president last week, stating its support for the $1 billion design. It would bypass N.C. 12 through the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Sen. Marc Basnight wrote Obama last month, urging him to end the bureaucratic gridlock on the project that exists even though two federal agencies favor a plan to build a bridge parallel to the existing one.

The Bonner Bridge was built in 1963 and is in poor condition. State transportation officials say numerous repairs mean it is safe to cross.

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  • by Anonymous Location: nags head on Mar 30, 2010 at 10:22 AM
    If they build the short bridge we will continue to have the same problems that we have now. The short bridge is just a patch. A long bridge would end the problem, there is too much current running thru Oregon Inlet.
  • by Tusker Location: Winterville on Mar 8, 2010 at 03:23 PM
    17 miles? Are you kidding? That's as long as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in Virginia. They can't fix the potholes and railroad bumps in Greenville! Solution: Don't build it and they still will come.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2010 at 02:13 PM
    Thats know he will not do that! TRUST ME!
  • by Tim Location: Kitty Hawk on Mar 8, 2010 at 01:38 PM
    A 17 mile bridge??? Just because some enviromental group doesn't doesn't want people driving in their precious bird sanctuary? Get real, replace the current bridge with one right beside it. Nobody in their right mind would pay for a 17 mile long bridge when a 3 mile bridge is all thats needed.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2010 at 12:35 PM
    Gas tax is just like the "education lottery" the money is used in the general fund, regardless of where it is called for to be used. Perdue has a few more trips to take, so don't look for NC taxes to pay for anything any time soon.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Mar 8, 2010 at 11:50 AM
    If North Carolina wants this bridge then we need to pay for it. We have one of the highest gas taxes in the country just for projects like this. If people want to write letters then write a letter to Perdue or Easley and ask them where the put the money.
  • by US citizen on Mar 8, 2010 at 11:18 AM
    Dear Mr. President, please listen to the American people and stop socializing our country.
  • by PK on Mar 8, 2010 at 10:26 AM
    ace: Great idea. Of course the same could be said about the roads and bridges that you use too... Or don't you drive?
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Mar 8, 2010 at 08:25 AM
    Build the bridge and put a toll booth at each end. If you use it, you pay and the taxpayers that do not use it will not be penalized.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 8, 2010 at 07:30 AM
    I really wish they would go ahead and do this. I have to go on that Oregon Inlet Bridge a lot when it comes to my job, and so do several others. I would have to expect the people on Hatteras Island feel the same way. Plus, if the bridge collapsed, the fishing and real estate industries would go downhill fast.

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