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Project planning and implementation of the Mid-Currituck Bridge was placed on hold in 2013 while NCDOT reviewed state, regional and local transportation improvement funding priorities using the Strategic Mobility Formula.

The project has since been approved for inclusion in the 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), and now, work toward a Record of Decision (ROD) is underway.

As part of working toward a Record of Decision, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being re-evaluated to determine if a supplemental EIS is required. Because it has been more than three years since the approval of the Final EIS in 2012, this re-evaluation will consider changes regarding the project, its surroundings, impacts and any new issues, circumstances or information that was not considered in the original document. The re-evaluation will also look at any changes in laws or regulations that apply to the project.

If the re-evaluation process concludes that the information presented in the Final EIS is an accurate analysis of anticipated project impacts, the Record of Decision will be published signifying the completion of the environmental study process.

Additional activities to take place before any construction begins include: developing a new traffic and revenue study and toll financing plan, selecting a builder, preparing final design plans, acquiring right of way, and obtaining environmental agency permits.

Description of Preferred Alternative

The Preferred 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 Preferred Alternative also includes several design refinements to help avoid and minimize impacts, in response to government agency and public input and comments. These refinements include:

  • Provision of a median acceleration lane at Waterlily Road. This safety feature would allow left turns to continue to be made at Waterlily Road and U.S. 158. Bulb-outs for U-turning vehicles also would be provided at the re-aligned U.S. 158/Aydlett Road intersection and the U.S. 158/Worth Guard Road intersection to provide greater flexibility for local traffic in turning to and from existing side streets near the U.S. 158/Mid-Currituck Bridge interchange.
  • Reducing the amount of four-lane widening along N.C. 12 from that with MCB4/C1 from approximately 4 miles to approximately 2.1 miles, plus left turn lanes at two additional locations over approximately 0.5 miles. The 2.1 miles of N.C. 12 widening would be concentrated at three locations: the bridge terminus, the commercial area surrounding Albacore Street and Currituck Clubhouse Drive.
  • Constructing roundabouts on N.C. 12 instead of signalized intersections at the bridge terminus and Currituck Clubhouse Drive.
  • Terminating the bridge in a roundabout at N.C. 12 also allowed the C1 bridge alignment to be adjusted to remove curves and thereby reduced its length across Currituck Sound by approximately 250 feet (from approximately 24,950 feet [4.7 miles] to 24,700 feet).
  • Provision of marked pedestrian crossings along N.C. 12, where it would be widened. Marked pedestrian crossings would be placed at locations identified by Currituck County plans (Albacore Street, Orion's Way and Currituck Clubhouse Drive are under consideration for inclusion in the next Currituck County thoroughfare plan), as well as at North Harbor View Drive and the bridge terminus (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 a distance of approximately 300 feet.

Length

Approximately 7 miles

Free Alternate Route

Existing U.S. 158 across the Wright Memorial Bridge, then N.C. 12.

7/10/2018 10:18 AM

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