The head of the State Senate is asking President Barack Obama to step in and help get the Bonner Bridge replaced.
Senator Marc Basnight, whose district includes Dare County, wrote the president on Wednesday saying it is a "shocking matter of safety and security".
Basnight says 5,000 cross the bridge each day, and in the summer that doubles to 10,000. He says currently the 3-mile long bridge has a 2 safety rating out of 100.
Basnight told the president the Bonner Bridge replacement over the Oregon Inlet has been studied for decades. In the letter, Basnight says there is a bridge replacement plan that both the E.P.A. and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers supports, yet federal highway attorneys have slowed down the process yet again. The senate leader said the Bonner Bridge replacement project is probably the most studied bridge in the history of our country.
The Senate President Pro Tem told the president only his administration can "shake loose this bureaucratic standstill". He urged Obama to ask the Interior Secretary and Transportation Secretary to accept the design cleared by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers and allow construction to begin as soon as possible.