BOT OKs spending $5M-$6.5M to buy land for Mid-Currituck Bridge
From Staff Reports
Thursday November 5, 2015
The N.C. Board of Transportation has agreed to spend between $5 million and $6.5 million acquiring land on the Currituck Outer Banks for the long-awaited Mid-Currituck Bridge project.
Malcolm Fearing, who is the Division 1 representative on the transportation board, confirmed the board made the decision during its monthly meeting in Raleigh on Thursday.
According to Fearing, the state will acquire property currently owned by Towne Bank for what will be the Outer Banks landing for the $400 million, seven-mile bridge crossing the Currituck Sound.
Fearing expressed appreciation to Towne Bank for what he said were “very cooperative” negotiations that led to the board’s decision. He also said he was “extremely proud” of the efforts of Gov. Pat McCrory, Department of Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson, state Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, and state Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, in helping push the bridge project forward.
Fearing declined comment about DOT’s efforts to secure land for the mainland approach to the crossing, noting it would be a matter for DOT right-of-way personnel.
Fearing said that, barring any legal challenges to the project, he anticipates construction of the Mid-Currituck Bridge starting sometime in 2018-19, and the bridge being complete in approximately 2 1/2 years. Motorists are expected to pay a toll to cross the bridge.