Roads and Bridges
The Legislature has given final approval to a measure that would triple the number of potential toll-road projects in North Carolina and attempt to speed up construction of two coastal bridges. The House approved Senate changes to House Bill 253, which would allow nine toll projects to be considered by the North Carolina Turnpike Authority. Also, the state could create a private toll road bridge, likely connecting mainland Currituck County to the northern Outer Banks. Another provision of the bill would accelerate construction of a replacement for the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, which crosses Oregon Inlet. The measure now awaits the Governor's signature.