NEW: 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
With the primary goals of improving coastal evacuation times to the Currituck mainland, reducing travel times and highway congestion to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Mid-Currituck Bridge project has promised to enhance the quality of life and access for over two decades.
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.
The seven-mile, $600 million single-span bridge will link 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 just south of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla.
The bridge will provide Outer Banks residents and visitors 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.
The Mid-Currituck Bridge is planned to be a toll facility, utilizing the latest camera technology and EZ-Pass systems for seamless payment. Toll rates for the bridge have not been finalized, but a bridge revenue study is available on the project website listed below.
The next steps in the project call for NCDOT to declare a 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.
Construction of the two-lane toll bridge is set to begin in 2014 and open to traffic in 2018. Click here for all the latest project news.