BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Skyway is closer to getting off the ground. Brunswick County commissioners passed a resolution supporting the northern corridor route for the proposed Cape Fear Skyway.
The proposed Skyway bridge is dividing Brunswick County residents and Brunswick County commissioners. Commissioners voted four to one Monday night supporting the preservation of the Northern Corridor for the Skyway.
“The people in that area and in Brunswick County have to be brought on board,” said Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren.
Warren voted against the preservation saying he’s heard too much negative feedback from residents about the Northern Corridor.
“Number one they say the cost is too much and first of all it’s going to be coming directly through their town, which they are not in favor of,” said Warren.
Monday night’s resolution is a small step in a big process. It simply means commissioners support the chosen Northern Alignment.
“The river is a barrier,” said Brunswick County Commissioner Bill Sue. “The only way we have over it now is interrupted from time to time by a bridge raising and there is one help insight and that’s I-140.”
Sue is a strong supporter of the Skyway. He says he’s heard the concerns of many Brunswick County residents but feels in the end the Skyway’s pro’s outweigh the cons.
“The Skyway bridge is for the future and if we don’t have as many ways as possible to cross that river it’s going to stymie economic development and growth in the future,” said Sue.
The next step in this long process is a public hearing. The county has not set a date for that yet.
The route could affect 36 parcels in Brunswick County.