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An update on replacing the Bonner Bridge

Wednesday 28 July 2010 at 6:10 pm

“This is the most studied project in the history of U.S. transportation,” Jim Trogdon, chief operating officer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, said last week.

He added that there are employees in the department who have been working on the bridge replacement since they were hired and they are now ready to retire.

Trogdon was talking on a conference call with The Dare County Citizens’ Action Committee to Replace the Bonner Bridge Now. The committee met in Frisco on Thursday, July 22, for the first time in almost a year.

Committee members posed questions, and Trogdon answered them for almost an hour.

There were not any surprises in his comments.

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Soccer Moms, Hockey Moms, and now Bridge Moms

Monday 19 July 2010 at 5:51 pm

During the 1996 presidential campaign, we got the Soccer Moms.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, we got the Hockey Moms.

Now, as the 20-year campaign to get the aging Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet replaced drags on and on, we have the Bridge Moms.

Just as the Hockey Moms and Soccer Moms did, the Bridge Moms have an agenda.

Their agenda is the safety of the children.

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Enough is enough on bridge replacement – Let’s roll!

Monday 12 July 2010 at 3:45 pm “Write a record of decision, and let’s roll.”

That is what Warren Judge, chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners, had to say over the weekend about the 20-year effort to replace the aging Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet.

The comment is Judge’s message to the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

NCDOT conducted a series of informational meetings and public hearings on the Outer Banks last week to answer questions and get public comment on the latest in a long series of environmental studies of its plan to replace the bridge, which is said to be safe for the traveling public but has a sufficiency rating of 2 out of 100. Read More

Consent decree causes first sea turtle death by an ORV on the seashore

Thursday 01 July 2010 at 5:49 pm

That sounds like a rather ludicrous statement, doesn’t it?

Well, Southern Environmental Law Center and friends, as the proverb says, turn about is fair play.

This statement is no more ludicrous than SELC’s media releases.

SELC has sent out media releases since 2008, noting that bird and sea turtle nesting on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore has increased greatly under the terms of a consent decree that settled a lawsuit by Defenders of Wildlife and National Audubon Society over the Park Service’s lack of a long-range, off-road vehicle regulation on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

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