NC Asks Judge To Toss Lawsuit On Bonner Bridge

The state Department of Transportation is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit over the current plan to replace the deteriorating bridge connecting Hatteras Island to the rest of North Carolina's Outer Banks.

The state filed its response Wednesday, asking the court to throw out the complaint by groups represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

The response says the lawsuit's claims are baseless.

The Bonner Bridge was built in 1963 and was designed to last 30 years. The state is moving forward with plans for a replacement that goes through the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Environmentalists support a 17-mile alternative that would bypass the refuge.

DOT officials say construction work could start late next year, with the bridge opening in 2015.

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  • by 411 on Sep 7, 2011 at 05:46 PM
    damn all the yankee transplants coming down here and trying to change the way of life we love and enjoy. Starting all these groups trying to save a dag bird or a sea turtle is not their adgenda. They want the beaches all to themselves, and dont want to be bothered by some local driving on the beach in front of their half a million dollar home, messing up "THEIR" beach. Repair the bridge, and everyone that doesn't like the solution go back up north and leave us the heck alone.
  • by bobo Location: ENC on Sep 7, 2011 at 04:45 PM
    Don`t these nuts have anything better to do than to be a pita to everyone?
  • by OBXFan Location: Manteo on Sep 7, 2011 at 02:55 PM
    Can a citizen sue Southern Environmental Law Center if the bridge collapse and kills people? What about the home owners on Hatteras Island if they can't access there homes?
  • by BLAH on Sep 7, 2011 at 02:38 PM
    Stupid enviromentalist.Heck they even want to stop that new pieline that will carry oil from canada to texas over a stupid beetle.Why must libtards stand in the way of job creation?
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      by Wharf Rat on Sep 7, 2011 at 04:26 PM in reply to BLAH
      Because they are idiots.
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        by Chuck on Sep 7, 2011 at 09:38 PM in reply to Wharf Rat
        These Enviromental nuts are crazy.Their Tea party Nutty Thinking is gonna get us all killed. The Bonner bridge might just fall into the water anytime. These weird o's are lost somewhere in the fifties.
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          by MD Surf Fisherman on Sep 15, 2011 at 11:00 AM in reply to Chuck
          Chuck, you seem confused. The Tea Party is a conservative movement to get the fed's fingers out of stuff like this that should be handled by local government. The libs are the ones who are typically the radical tree huggers.
  • by Billyjoejimbob Location: Podunk on Sep 7, 2011 at 01:54 PM
    Forget about the Bird Lovers! Build a Bridge, just Build a Dang Bridge!
  • by M on Sep 7, 2011 at 01:54 PM
    Good Job Enviro's you truly represent my view's. Take it one step further make all of Hatteras a sanctuary. That way we won't piss anymore money away. Go have a sit in to stop traffic.
  • by Harry Location: Goldsboro on Sep 7, 2011 at 01:45 PM
    I hesitate to use the word loon as it is a magnificent bird species but when will the Figurative LOONs be contained and stop the waste of tax dollars? Next they will want to ban antibiotics because drugs hurt bacteria.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 7, 2011 at 01:29 PM
    I think if the environmental group wants the new 17 miles of new bridge OK, as long as they fund the difference with their donations. I have no problem. If they want us as taxpayers to bend over for saving the black diving minnow or oyster beds, good luck with that.

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