Bridge To Corolla

State officials and environmentalists are nearing a deal to build a 5-mile bridge to link an isolated island on North Carolina's Outer Banks with the mainland.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported Monday that the toll bridge would stretch over the Currituck Sound to Corrolla, known for its lighthouse and wild horses. The bridge is expected to generate $7 million in its first year.

An environmental impact statement is expected by the end of the year. Construction is scheduled to begin in February and be finished in 2013.


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  • by Jen Location: Currituck Mainland on Mar 7, 2010 at 12:39 PM
    If you OPPOSE THE BRIDGE visit www.nomcb.com and find out the real deal!!
  • by Carol Location: obx on Oct 22, 2009 at 07:15 AM
    Bridge to Corolla was being asked for long long b-4 the houses were being designrd. But have you driven on 12 theu Duck or Southern Shores in the last 5 years. There seems to have quite abit of development in that area also how to they get to Pine Island. The last time I checked everyone is still using Hwy 12.
  • by rd Location: duck on Oct 21, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    This is just a result of the huge number of beds that now exist in Corolla. The idea that Dare County's road system through KH, SS and Duck would continue to support Currituck's hyper-aggressive buildout of the northern beaches was poor planning to begin with. Currituck allowed that explosion of homes to happen, now they are going to need to solve the problems it caused. If Currituck and Corolla want all those tourist dollars, and you do, then you need to provide access to your beaches that does not destroy the quality of other communities in the process. Otherwise, tear down the thousands of huge houses.
  • by carol Location: obx on Oct 20, 2009 at 06:11 PM
    Actually Bozo & Jack the original request began back in 1985 when Sir Jim Martin was in Gov's Mansion. And HB Biggs was your co Mgr. there has been many of tree used for paper to write why there should be a mid-county Bridge, the cost is approx 12 times what it was. Now you have everyone trying to get to Corolla backed up in traffic for hours. The people trying to go to Nags Head , Hatteras- Ocracoke all getting delayed Let's BUILD THE BRIDGE. Tolls works good for everyone in other places..
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Oct 20, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    Folks near Corolla need to make a trip to the deeds office and see who owns land in your neck of the woods. Bet it's someone within the the governors office. Don't worry about the horses. There will be a big sign with a picture of a horse with a big red circle around the horse. And ya'll thought them horse's were dumb animals.
  • by jim Location: columbia on Oct 20, 2009 at 05:10 AM
    hey Jack - Bozo about the local to pay for their own bridge> Who just paid for the new brdige at hwy 17 in Hertford. All the yangs in the Albermarle Plantation. I dont think so. u did.. so why should the people in Corolla pay for their much needed bridge. What the difference in the brdige over the Pamilco river and bridge over Currituck sound? who is riding across it ? Why should some locals have to pay for an improvement and others ride for FREE? Who decides?
  • by Notsurprised Location: N.C. on Oct 19, 2009 at 05:56 PM
    And the Bonner Bridge continues to fall apart. Amazing how easy it can be to get a new bridge, yet replacing a critical link gets caught up in the "environmental" game.
  • by K Location: G'ville on Oct 19, 2009 at 04:51 PM
    Amanda....fourtunatley the horses cannot leave the confines of the Wildlife Refuge.
  • by stickman Location: va beach on Oct 19, 2009 at 03:29 PM
    Curious as to what they will do with the two lane highway out of Corolla and Duck. I'm hoping they will plan in advance for the influx of traffic that this will bring onto this segment of the island. Most of the tourists are interested in staying in the southern portion of the islands anyway.
  • by J Location: Gville on Oct 19, 2009 at 01:45 PM
    OMG Amanda...>Seriously? The horses arent going to just travel across the miles and miles of bridge. There arent any trees or grass. Geez To THE BRIDGE: Exactly, millions of people, millions of dollars, get them out of the faster after they spend their money! Its the ignorant people who have NO IDEA the life of living on the OuterBanks or the pleasure of that being a get away place, not just for obnoxious tourists sometimes.
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