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Transportation Officials Ask Public for Feedback on Rodanthe N.C. 12 Bridge Option

Post Date:06/07/2016 8:00 a.m.
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Raleigh - Recent federal approval of the Department of Transportation's environmental document for a bridge at Rodanthe brings the state one step closer to fulfilling Governor Pat McCrory's 25-year vision for Eastern North Carolina to better connect people to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation. State transportation officials are now asking for public feedback on the document, which includes their revised preferred option for a bridge on new location. 

The revised preferred option is a 2.4-mile-long bridge known as a "jug handle," extending from the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge over the Pamlico Sound into Rodanthe. This design is preferred over a bridge along the existing route of N.C. 12 because it minimizes impacts to the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, the ocean shoreline and the community of Rodanthe, while maintaining safe and reliable access for area residents. It also has the support of federal and state environmental resource and regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies that issue permits for construction. 

NCDOT is holding informal public meetings June 20-22, 2016, to present the revised preferred alternative and to gather public feedback that will be considered as NCDOT and its partners identify the final selected alternative for the bridge. The meetings will be informal, and citizens may drop in at any time. 

Meeting locations and times are as follows: 

Monday, June 20, 2016: 4-7 PM 
Ocracoke Community Center 
999 Irvin Garrish Highway 
Ocracoke, NC 27960 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016: 4-7 PM 
Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center 
23186 Myrna Peters Road 
Rodanthe, NC 27968 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016: 4-7 PM 
Dare County Administration Building 
954 Marshall Collins Drive 
Manteo, NC 27954 

Comments will be accepted through July 15, 2016. 

Hard copies of meeting maps and the environmental assessment are available for public review online and at the following locations: 

Dare County Planning and Inspections Satellite Office, 50347 N.C. 12, Frisco 
NCDOT Resident Engineer's Office, 349 Waterplant Road, Unit B, Manteo 
Dare County Library, 700 U.S. 64/264, Manteo 
Dare County Library, 57709 N.C. 12, Hatteras 
Dare County Library, 400 Mustian St., Kill Devil Hills 
Fessenden Recreation Center, 46830 N.C. 12, Buxton 
Ocracoke School and Community Library, 225 Back Road, Ocracoke 
For additional information, call 866.803.0529 or send an email to publicinvolvement2@ncdot.gov. You may also contact Drew Joyner, P.E., with NCDOT's Human Environment Section, at (919) 707-6077 or by mail at: 

1598 Mail Service Center 
Raleigh, NC 27699-1598 

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled individuals who want to participate in these meetings. Anyone requiring such services should contact Joyner as early as possible so that arrangements can be made. For individuals who speak only Spanish or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, interpretive services will be available at the meeting upon request. For more information, please call 1-800-481-6494 prior to the meeting. 
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