RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina Senate leader Marc Basnight has asked President Barack Obama to remove what he calls legal bottlenecks for building a new bridge for the state’s Outer Banks.
Basnight wrote to Obama that construction of the replacement for the aging Herbert C. Bonner Bridge is at a “bureaucratic standstill” because of a maze of complex and repetitive questions from the federal government.
The 47-year-old bridge crosses Oregon Inlet and is a key highway corridor for hurricane evacuations and Outer Banks tourism. A replacement bridge will cost more than $1 billion.
The Dare County Democrat asked Obama to urge the interior and transportation departments to accept a design approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers.
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