The Mid-Currituck Bridge project is well underway, although the project can soon be halted if the North Carolina General Assembly doesn’t allocate the funding necessary and this could occur this week!
Background: Traffic congestion, particularly during the vacation/hurricane season, continues to increase for the northern Outer Banks, with no relief in sight. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has evaluated numerous options and has recommended the building of the Mid-Currituck Bridge. Building a bridge would: reduce traffic congestion; save up to 36 miles in driving distance and an hour in driving time; and provide an alternate route for hurricane evacuation, as well as create jobs and generate significant tax revenue for northeastern North Carolina in a project that would be largely financed by toll revenue.
The Problem: We are at an important crossroads now. NCDOT has completed its study and has selected building a Mid-Currituck Bridge as the best alternative. We need to ensure that the project continues without significant delays. This means our state legislators must not change the funding that is already a part of the NCDOT appropriation, an investment in vital infrastructure that will be more than doubled by the unique public/private partnership funded by toll revenues. There is no other project that has such leverage of taxpayer dollars. Currently, this funding is being debated by the North Carolina General Assembly and there is a possibility that there may be a vote on the continuation (or non-continuation) of this funding this week. The funding, known as “gap funding” will provide monies to allow time for the State’s Turnpike Authority to begin to receive bond proceeds in order to finance the bridge construction.
What Can You Do To Help?
1. Write letters (for sample, click here) or send e-mails to those state representatives listed in the attached document. (The document contains, title, position, address, e-mail, and salutation.) Since this vote may come at anytime, e-mails should occur first, followed up by letters. When sending a letter or e-mail please carbon the following (these are our local elected officials):
Honorable Bill Owens
( Bill.Owens@ncleg.net, 919-733-0010)
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 611
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
Dear Representative Owens:
Honorable Timothy Spear
(Tim.Spear@ncleg.net, 919-715-3029 )
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 402
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
Dear Representative Spear:
Honorable Stan White
(Stan.firstname.lastname@example.org, (919) 715-8293)
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1121
Raleigh, NC 27601-1121
Dear Senator White:
2. Pass this along to anyone that you think is interested and would help contact the North Carolina General Assembly to continue to support this vital project.