OREGON INLET, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina officials have received more than 4,000 comments on what to do with an aging bridge linking the Outer Banks to the mainland.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reported Sunday just nine opposed the state Department of Transportation's wish to begin replacing the Bonner Bridge as soon as possible.
DOT spokesman Drew Joyner says the comments will weigh heavily as state and federal officials decide whether to do more studies or start planning a replacement for the only bridge linking the southern Outer Banks to the rest of the state.
Some environmental groups want more study to see if a 17-mile bridge that would bypass a wildlife refuge is a better alternative. Joyner says comment from interest groups aren't included in the public comment total.
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