Currituck Toll Bridge Construction Estimate Climbs as Traffic Projections Drop and Opponents Press Their Case

The Virginian-Pilot reports, “An updated report shows the cost to build the Mid-Currituck Bridge to Corolla could rise by up to $85 million [to an estimated $569 million to $679 million]. Meanwhile, estimates of summer traffic on N.C. 12 – one problem the bridge is meant to fix – are falling even without the bridge. The project . . . has risen and fallen in priority over more than 25 years despite strong support from elected officials.” The proposed two-lane toll bridge across Currituck Sound, including approaches and connectors, would measure 7 miles. Kym Hunter, an attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center, which represents the group opposing the bridge, tells the newspaper, “With the higher cost estimates, toll rates could rise up to $50 for a one-way trip on a summer Saturday.”