Mid-Currituck Bridge Expands Choices for Corporate Site Selection
The Mid-Currituck Bridge project has promised to enhance the quality of life and access for over two decades. The long-awaited bridge serves two primary goals:
- Improving coastal evacuation times to the Currituck mainland; and
- Reducing highway congestion and travel time for Outer Banks visitors and residents.
Opening access to this 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.
The seven-mile, $600 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 just south of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla.
For many businesses that had considered the 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.
The Mid-Currituck Bridge is planned to be a toll facility. The latest camera technology and EZ-Pass systems will be installed for seamless payment and reducing delays. Businesses considering the corporate site selection process to support expansion or relocations to the area because of the availability of the bridge should factor in any additional costs related to tolls. Toll rates for the bridge have not been finalized, but a bridge revenue study is available on the project website listed below.
A northern crossing from the mainland to the shore will improve travel times and provide additional evacuation routes for everyone who visits and lives in the Outer Banks. Businesses should also take note of the new opportunities for corporate site selection that this enhanced access provides. The hospitality industry is a clear fit, yet many companies could benefit from shortened time to transport goods and reduced commute times for workers.
Mid-Currituck Bridge News + Timeline
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.