Environmentalists Want Federal Review Of Bonner Bridge Replacement

Environmentalists want federal regulators to review whether plans to replace the old Bonner Bridge to Hatteras Island violate federal law because they fail to address the highway crossing the bridge.

The Southern Environmental law Center and Audubon North Carolina
wrote the federal Council on Environmental Quality yesterday. The
groups are challenging plans to replace the bridge with a span built almost parallel to the existing one.

The organizations say the review board's failure to address the
condition of state Highway 12 will ultimately delay the completion
of the project.

A review board made up of officials from transportation and
environmental agencies on Monday endorsed a plan to replace the
Herbert Bonner Bridge, which opened in 1963.

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