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In January 2012, the N.C. Department of Transportation, the N.C. Turnpike Authority and the Federal Highway Administration approved the the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the project.
Work on the Record of Decision was paused following the approval of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for NCDOT to establish the state, regional and local transportation improvement funding priorities using the strategic prioritization process in accordance with the Strategic Transportation Investments legislation that was signed into law in June 2013.
The Mid-Currituck Bridge project was ranked using the new funding formula and as a result, it was initially funded in the 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Program for right of way acquisition and construction to begin in 2019. The project remains funded in the 2018-2027 STIP. Once funding for the project was reestablished, work toward a Record of Decision resumed.
The Final Environmental Impact Statement was also re-evaluated because it has been more than three years since its approval. The re-evaluation considered changes regarding the project, its surroundings, impacts and any new issues, circumstances or information that was not considered in the original document. Also considered were changes in laws or regulations that apply to the project.
The analysis conducted as part of the re-evaluation of the Final Environmental Impact Statement concluded that a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement is not required. The re-evaluation process has been completed and confirmed that the information presented in the Final Environmental Impact Statement is an accurate analysis of the anticipated project impacts and therefore a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement is not required. The Record of Decision was recently published, signifying the completion of the environmental study process.
Additional activities to take place before construction begins include:
- Updating the traffic and revenue study and toll financing plan
- Preparing final design plans
- Acquiring right of way
- Obtaining environmental agency permits
Description of Selected Alternative
The selected design option, also referred to as the Selected Alternative
, is MCB4/C1 with Option A and reducing hurricane evacuation clearance times primarily by reversing the center lane on U.S. 158 north of the bridge. The Selected Alternative also includes several design refinements to help avoid and minimize impacts, in response to government, agency, public input, and comments.
The basic design features of the Selected Alternative are:
- A 4.7-mile-long, two-lane toll bridge across Currituck Sound with approach roads, in Currituck County.
- A mainland bridge approach road placed between Aydlett Road and approximately 430 to 720 feet north of the powerline that parallels Aydlett Road. The bridge approach would intersect U.S. 158 with an interchange. A toll plaza would be just east the U.S. 158 interchange.
- The mainland bridge approach road would include a 1.5-mile-long bridge over Maple Swamp. Drivers traveling between U.S. 158 and Aydlett would continue to use Aydlett Road. In Aydlett, the approach road would pass through Aydlett on fill (approximately three to 23 feet high) and bridge Narrow Shore Road.
- A bridge approach road on the Outer Banks that ends in the undeveloped Phase II of the Corolla Bay subdivision. In May 2015, the Board of Transportation authorized the advanced purchase of this property at the request of the property owner. It was purchased in February 2016 by NCDOT. The bridge approach would connect with N.C. 12 at an intersection approximately two miles north of the Albacore Street retail area.
- Widening N.C. 12 for approximately 0.7 mile, in the bridge end between Devils Bay (entrance to the Corolla Bay subdivision) and North Harbor View Drive.
- Roundabout at the bridge at N.C. 12.
- Left turn lane on Albacore Street for drivers turning from Albacore Street to southbound N.C. 12.
- Marked pedestrian crossings on N.C. 12 at North Harbor View Drive, as well as at the bridge terminus at N.C. 12 (one across N.C. 12 and one across the bridge approach road).
Hurricane evacuation clearance time reduction features include:
- On the mainland, reversing the center turn lane on U.S. 158 between the U.S. 158/Mid-Currituck Bridge interchange and N.C. 168.
- On the Outer Banks, adding approximately 1,600 feet of new third outbound lane to the west of the N.C. 12/ U.S. 158 intersection to provide additional road capacity during a hurricane evacuation. The additional lane would start at the U.S. 158/Cypress Knee Trail/Market Place Shopping Center intersection and end approximately 450 feet west of the Duck Woods Drive intersection, a total distance of approximately 1,600 feet. From this point, the new lane would merge back into the existing U.S. 158 westbound lanes over approximately 300 feet.