The price tag to replace the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge is rising.
The latest estimate has added more than $300 million to the bill to build a 17 and a half-mile span across Pamlico Sound.
The state prefers to build a shorter and parallel bridge that would cost about $191 million.
Engineers say the existing 43-year-old bridge, the only link between the mainland and Hatteras Island, is deteriorating.
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