Basnight Asks President To Get Bonner Bridge Replaced

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.


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  • by Bill Location: Williamston on Feb 28, 2010 at 01:58 PM
    To "Ken", Bye! There is no need to drive on the beach except for your selfish wants. I am not an environmentalist, just a wise-user, but anyone with common sense can see that driving on the beach is just a useless desire. I don't know where you will go though, the places that allow such a stupid distruction of habitat that could be shared instead of destroyed are becomming alot less plentiful.
  • by Tim Location: Kitty Hawk on Feb 26, 2010 at 06:26 PM
    Its all about getting the permits to build the bridge. The environmentalist would rather have nobody on hatteras island and leave it for the birds and turtles and are doing everything they can to block access. Thank God ENC has representation in Raleigh with some common sense.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2010 at 05:58 PM
    WHY???? I thought they were waiting for it to fall in the inlet before starting on a replacement
  • by To Old Guy on Feb 26, 2010 at 04:49 PM
    The ferry system can't even what they have. Out of five of the big boats for the sounds, they currently have only one that will work. I must say I really enjoy a six hour drive around when I go that way - NOT. When the bridge collapses (and it will), we won't even be able to do that. Lets invest in some helicopters!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2010 at 04:21 PM
    AntiMarc,Ding,Ding,Ding right answer.If the Alligator River Bridge doesnt get built first,everybody will have to go the other route to even get to the beach.When that Alligator Draw Bridge opens at tourists season and traffic is backed up almost from end to end with all that weight on it and then closes you can fill it close a half of a mile away on either side.You talk about UNSTABLE!But that will not happen.HE DONT consider it Dare County until you get on the other side EAST LAKE around where the Refuge building is.
  • by To Irate on Feb 26, 2010 at 02:58 PM
    Half of the pylons dont touch the bottom. Thats what is wrong with the bridge.
  • by Mel on Feb 26, 2010 at 02:16 PM
    How about make the road from VA to the OBX a toll road. Why do NC tax payers have to foot the bill every time? 10 years ago I could see why not. The OBX was not "commercialized". It's 2010 and the mom and pop shops are run out by the "Outbacks" and "Wings". I saw tax the visitors and help the NC folks out.
  • by Ron Location: Merritt,NC on Feb 26, 2010 at 01:50 PM
    Having lived in and worked for Dare County, I know that it is the richest conty in the state and could well afford to build their own bridge. They could use some of that money they are throwing away on "Beach Renourishment" for the sole purpose of saving some of the bigwigs oceanfront property.
  • by irate Location: Greenville on Feb 26, 2010 at 01:44 PM
    somebody tell what is wrong with the bridge in the first place?
  • by Anti-Marc Location: NC on Feb 26, 2010 at 01:33 PM
    I'm really glad Dare County likes him so much because I don't. That bridge over the Yadkin River is the tragedy waiting to happen. Sure! That good ole boy Marc wants to make sure that tourism is alive and well on the Outer Banks so that it can support HIS vested interests for his own monetary gain. Forget other bridges, secondary roads, and major highways (such as I-40 with the mudslides). If it ain't Dare County, then it ain't worth his time.
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