CHAPEL HILL, N.C.
A new bridge proposed for the North Carolina barrier islands is being challenged by local residents, hunters and wildlife enthusiasts.
The Southern Environmental Law Center in Donegal was filed on Tuesday in the Mid Currituck District Court with state and federal challenging state and federal approval.
It says that the $ 500 million project would lead to growth in non-winding projects along the northern banks. The centre's attorney says that the Federal Highway Administration and the Department of Transport of North Carolina failed to consider less harmful and cheaper alternatives.
The groups also require the NCDOT to close the community from the decision-making process. They say that there has been no public analysis of the bridge and that there has been no opportunity for the public to consider the options since 2012.
"We are disappointed that NCDOT is proceeding with this project," said Tim Gestwicki from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation in the news release. “This unnecessary bridge would be one of the most important areas for migratory diversity that would affect the ability of hunters and anglers to achieve this unique area.” T
State officials in March said that the Federal Highway Administration granted a decision on the 4.7-mile lane toll bridge (7.5 kilometers). It would connect the community of Aydlett on the mainland and Corolla on the north-eastern banks. The project includes a long 1.5 mile (2.4 kilometer) bridge across the Maple Swamp, and would provide a further evacuation route during hurricanes.
Jen Symonds, founder of the NoMCB group, said that the bridge would only be used for 13 weekends a year during peak holidays. She said that "$ 500 million is too much to spend on vacation traffic when there are so many other transport projects needed in North Carolina, and so many alternative solutions to deal with traffic."
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