Improving Access and Mobility to Energize and Connect Our Regional Economy
The Mid-Currituck Bridge project has promised to enhance Currituck's quality of life and access to our beach communities for over four decades. The long-awaited project is intended to serve two primary goals:
- Improving coastal evacuation times to the Currituck mainland; and
- Reducing highway congestion and travel times for visitor, commercial and residential traffic.
As an increasingly popular up-market, family beach destination, the Currituck Outer Banks provides an attractive investment market for numerous hospitality, retail and services business interests. The construction of the Mid-Currituck Bridge enhances opportunities for growth in these sectors in both the Currituck Mainland and Corolla, and even deeper throughout the Albemarle region along feeder highway corridors.
Improving access to the Currituck Outer Banks area will also have a major impact on corporate site selection, as businesses take advantage of the more efficient access to markets and the increased flow of recreational and local traffic through formerly undeveloped land and congested highways.
Mid-Currituck Bridge earns priority funding in NCDOT 2016-2025 improvements plan
On December 4th, 2014, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata announced the 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP), outlining the many projects planned for construction in the next 10 year cycle throughout the State. In total, the STIP will construct over 1,100 projects creating 300,000 jobs.
To the excitement of local officials, residents and businesses, the Mid-Currituck Bridge project is one of the critical regional projects funded utilizing NCDOT’s new data-driven prioritization process. In fact, the project was helped by the strong support of neighboring counties and towns and the NCDOT division staff – further underlying the regional importance of the Mid-Currituck Bridge.
According to the STIP, funding allocations for activities including right-of-way acquisition, utilities and construction begin in 2019 and continue in each following year through the end of the STIP cycle.
The seven-mile, $411 million single-span bridge will link two areas that are prime locations for corporate site selection: the Currituck County mainland (US Hwy. 158) directly to the resort destination of Corolla (NC Hwy. 12). The bridge will be built just south of the Intracoastal Waterway in Aydlett, crossing Maple Swamp and Currituck Sound to land south of the Corolla Light subdivision and Historic Corolla Village.
For many businesses that had considered the Currituck Outer Banks out of reach, the bridge will provide a much-needed secondary access point, saving more than 50 miles on a trip to the seaside’s northern region and cutting travel times in half on a trip from the Hampton Roads region.
Moreover, the Mid-Currituck Bridge location is a short distance from major County transportation, education and recreation assets at the 550-acre Currituck Community Park in Maple, NC. This development is home to community-wide recreation assets like the YMCA, Senior Center, Animal Shelter, tournament quality multi-purpose fields and concession areas.
Corporate site selection assets near the Mid-Currituck Bridge at Currituck Community Park include:
- Currituck County Regional Airport, the Outer Banks’ premiere charter, jet and general aviation airport
- Maple Commerce Park, an 85-acre industrial park with shovel-ready business sites
- College of the Albemarle’s Regional Aviation & Technical Training Center, featuring FAA-certifications in airframe and power-plant, along with advanced manufacturing training
- NC State Cooperative Extension Center, offering industrial extension training, meeting space and agricultural research
In addition to these County assets, the nearby areas of Coinjock, Aydlett, Maple and Barco provide numerous opportunities for private development along highways 168 and US 158, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Currituck Sound.
The Mid-Currituck Bridge is planned to be a toll facility. Toll rates for the bridge have not been finalized, but a bridge revenue study is available on the project website listed below. It is expected that peak-season toll rates will be the highest.
The Mid-Currituck Bridge will utilize the latest camera technology and EZ-Pass systems, with the goal of seamless payment and delay reduction. A fly-over intersection as shown above will further segregate Currituck Outer Banks traffic from US 158 southbound.
Mid-Currituck Bridge News + Timeline
- 2016-2025 STIP Press Release announcement from NCDOT
- Detailed NCDOT STIP plan for Division One (Currituck County)
- Currituck County press release on Mid-Currituck Bridge earning priority funding
- The STIP Document is set for final approval by the NC Board of Transportation in June, 2015. Public Comment periods and sessions are scheduled for March and April 2015.
- Construction of the two-lane toll bridge is set to begin in 2019. Click here for all the latest project news.
- The NCDOT-Currituck Development Group Public-Private-Partnership (P3) is up for extension as of December 31, 2014. NCDOT is in the process of reviewing the partnership agreement to determine the most efficient method to construct the project.
- Currituck County has produced an informative video on the need for the Mid-Currituck Bridge! Please watch the 10-minute video and help us get this critical project built!
- In January 2012, the promise of the bridge moved firmly into reality when the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) released its Final Environmental Impact Analysis, a milestone report that assesses all project impacts and allows the project to proceed to the construction phase.
- Future steps in the project call for Federal Highway Administration to approve the NCDOT submitted Record of Decision for the project, which is the final administrative approval to fully commit project funds and begin right-of-way acquisition and construction activities.