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US appeals panel reverses Outer Banks bridge work


RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A unanimous federal appeals court panel is overturning North Carolina's plans to save money by simply replacing a crucial Outer Banks bridge while chunks of the island where traffic passes is threatened by rising waves.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled unanimously that a lower court judge was wrong to favor North Carolina's position that construction to replace the Bonner Bridge should start. The federal judge last September allowed an exception to laws protecting a wildlife refuge and now will have to dig more deeply into the case.

The dispute centers on a state plan to replicate the existing 2.5-mile bridge across Oregon Inlet at a cost of $216 million. The bridge is the only span connecting the mainland to Hatteras Island.

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You can tell that these

You can tell that these people have never been in the area while that bridge is closed and either be stuck on one side or the other or had to make almost a 3 hr trip around by the ferry just to reach anything past
Oregon Inlet or live on that end and have to work in Nags Head. One day that bridge is going to be shut down for good and then it will be to late. What's more important the wildlife or the livelyhood of all the people that live on the other side of that bridge.