RALEIGH - The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Mid-Currituck Bridge in Currituck County was released today by the N.C. Turnpike Authority, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the N.C. Department of Transportation. The FEIS confirms the Preferred Alternative for the project (MCB4/C1 with Option A), which involves construction of a Mid-Currituck Bridge, as well as limited improvements to existing N.C. 12 and U.S. 158.
Final federal approval of the project is expected this spring when the FHWA issues its Record of Decision. It is expected that construction will begin in late 2012 and the project will open to traffic in 2017. "The approval of this FEIS marks an important step forward for this project, which has been years in the making," said David Joyner, Executive Director of the Turnpike Authority. "As the environmental planning process nears completion, the Turnpike Authority will determine over the next few months whether to proceed with the public-private partnership option or utilize municipal financing to build the project."
The FEIS addresses comments received on the project's Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The FEIS and supporting documents are available on the project website. By February 3, hard copies may be viewed at the Currituck County Courthouse; public libraries in Corolla, Currituck County, and Dare County; the Town of Duck Administrative Building; Town Halls in Kitty Hawk and Southern Shores; the NCDOT Maintenance Yard Office in Maple; as well as by appointment at the Turnpike Authority Office in Raleigh.
Comments regarding the FEIS will be accepted until March 12. They can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Jennifer Harris, P.E., North Carolina Turnpike Authority, 1578 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1578. ###