Bonner Bridge

New Settlement Agreement for Bonner Bridge and N.C. 12

Monday – June 15, 2015

Tine Comments on New Settlement Agreement for Bonner Bridge and N.C. 12

Raleigh, NC – Today Paul Tine praised the work of Secretary Tata, Governor McCrory and their team.

“Bonner Bridge has long been a concern for the people of the Outer Banks who have endured years of litigation and delay. I am very pleased that we have reached a compromise and are able to move forward with the replacement of Bonner Bridge. Secretary Tata, the Governor, and their team have done great work, and I look forward to seeing construction begin.”

The Department of Transportation’s press release is below:

New Settlement Agreement for Bonner Bridge and N.C. 12

Raleigh —The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have finalized a settlement agreement with Defenders of Wildlife and the National Wildlife Refuge Association represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, allowing NCDOT to replace the aging Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet with a new parallel bridge. Under the agreement, NCDOT will also consider options that would move vulnerable portions of N.C. Highway 12 out of the southern half of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and into Pamlico Sound. The Bonner Bridge is in frequent need of repair and maintenance and the replacement is needed for the safety of drivers and the economic vitality of the Outer Banks.

“We appreciate the efforts of all parties to agree on a viable solution that best serves the people and interests of North Carolina,” said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. “The settlement agreement will allow NCDOT to provide a safe and reliable bridge for thousands of residents who rely on this lifeline to get to work, school, and healthcare and for millions of visitors who travel to the Outer Banks every year.”

“We are pleased that NCDOT and its partner agencies will consider additional options for N.C. 12 that will provide safe, reliable transportation by avoiding the areas where erosion and washouts shut down the road in its current location. This is a win-win for the Refuge and everyone who relies on N.C. 12,” said Julie Youngman, senior attorney with SELC, who represented the conservation groups.

Under the settlement agreement, after certain tasks are complete including ceasing work on a 2.4-mile bridge within the Refuge, the conservation groups will dismiss both federal and State Bonner Bridge-related lawsuits. NCDOT will move forward with construction of a new bridge parallel to the existing Bonner Bridge and will study options for Pamlico Sound structures to address the Mirlo Beach area and the Pea Island inlet created by Hurricane Irene. NCDOT will complete this entire process collaboratively with the Merger Team, composed of state and federal resource and regulatory agencies. During the study period, NCDOT will implement interim measures on Pea Island to provide safe and reliable transportation through this area. In September 2014, NCDOT suspended construction on a permanent Pea Island Bridge as part of the settlement process.

Elan Breaks Ground on OBX Real Estate Project

NBSNorm2Norman Bibeau, President and CEO of Elan Vacations, waited a long time for yesterday’s University Park groundbreaking ceremony in Powell’s Point.
Originally scheduled to move forward in the spring, the harsh winter of 2013-14 slowed construction on a warehouse that was the first part of the project…

Yesterday’s groundbreaking was the official beginning of a two phase development. The first phase will build a new office for Elan Vacations—an Outer Banks property management company that has shown very strong growth over the past three to four years.

Phase two, which Bibeau indicated he hopes to begin in the spring of 2015, will be the construction of housing geared toward Outer Banks workers. “Our next project will be putting up 39 town homes back here,” he said in his remarks. “Affordable housing for our workers here which we desperately need.”

Although the next phase was discussed, the celebration on Wednesday focused on digging a shovel into the sand and officially beginning the University Park project.  To Bibeau it has been a team effort to get to this point. “I really appreciate you guys supporting us in our growth,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it without the (board of) commissioners’ support and the county’s support.” University Park is located about 200 yards south of Elan’s current offices on Caratoke Highway in Powell’s Point.

Thinking About Buying OBX Real Estate?

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Are you thinking about buying OBX real estate? As the 2014 vacation season approaches, now is an excellent time to seriously consider this excellent opportunity. Last year’s numbers were great and showed that the bottom of the real estate market has come and gone. A comparison of 2012 to 2011 showed that there was a 12 percent increase in the number of sold homes in 2012 (OBX Association of Realtors). In terms of the vacation market, thousands flocked to the Outer Banks ready for some quality summer time fun.


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Find Your Own Paradise with OBX MLS Search

obx mlsAsk any home owner that has bought a piece of Outer Banks real estate. There is something to be said for living in the Outer Banks. People who vacation in the Outer Banks always dream of living there. For the approximately 35,000 people who are lucky enough to make their home here, living in the Outer Banks is like living on island time 24/7. In fact, many who move here do so after vacationing here for years.

The people who live here revel in everything that is the Outer Banks. One of the most popular activities in the Outer Banks is, without doubt fishing. From inshore and surf fishing to heading out into the open waters to fishing off one of the piers, most islanders inevitably spend time casting their lines into the water to see what delicacy they can reel in for dinner.

Let our local real estate experts search the obx mls for you and find that perfect slice of heaven called “Outer Banks Lifestyle”.

Water activities are always favorite pastimes of the people who live here. When not at work, most residents are out on boats, surfing, or simply relaxing on the beach. Everyone who lives in the Outer Banks loves it here and thrives outside. That is why they are called ‘beach bums!’

Aside from the water and fishing, arts and history play a big role in the culture of the Outer Banks. The first colony was settled on Roanoke Island, the Wright Brothers invented the airplane here, and the list goes on. Artists create beautiful works of art featured in galleries throughout the area.

If you are thinking of buying real estate in the Outer Banks, the best thing to do is spend some time here and get a feel for the culture. Each town has a different atmosphere and offers a different vibe. From the newness of Corolla real estate to Nags Head real estate and its draw to residents who live here year round, you will find the perfect place to call home.

Whether the immediate goal is to find a second home or to move here permanently, the Outer Banks offers a life that is truly living on island time 24/7. Take advantage of it and enjoy life at the beach. Let our non commissioned real estate experts search the island in our obx mls listings and find the perfect spot for you.

For more information on Nags Head real estate or any of the other towns in the Outer Banks, please check out our current  OBX MLS Listings or contact Élan Real Estate Sales at (855) 383-8787 or via email.

Frisco NC and Outer Banks Real Estate Information

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Frisco is a quaint little town when you head south on hwy 12 across the Oregon Inlet bridge. If you are looking for a very relaxed and friendly place in your Outer banks real estate  search,  Frisco may be your choice.

Frisco is located on the Outer Banks between the villages of Buxton and Hatteras. Once called Trent Woods, it received a new name in 1898 when the post office was put in place. On September 5, 1923, General Billy Mitchell of what was then the Army Air Service used a tiny airstrip at Frisco to launch a series of bombing run demonstrations against battleship targets off the Outer Banks.

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