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Cape Fear Memorial Bridge among worst in state

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According to a survey done by AAA, more than 46,000 cars travel over the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge each day -- that's more than 300,000 cars a week. Still, the drivers we spoke with say they weren't surprised to find the bridge among the ten worst in the state of North Carolina. “From time to time it is pretty bad; traffic is bad, they need another bridge,” said Clifford Richards who travels over the bridge frequently. AAA ranked the North Carolina bridges based on government sufficiency ratings and vehicle traffic. The survey is an effort to show the need for legislative funding. But DOT Division Engineer Allen Pope said drivers shouldn't be concerned about the poor ranking. “It has shown some age, we've done some things to give it some face lifts, but the bridge is still safe to travel across or we wouldn't allow folks to travel it.” The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge was built in 1969 and has definitely had some wear and tear. This year, the bridge fell five spots from last years ranking. The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge's two upgrades in 2008 were not factored into the survey, which means the bridge could already be on the road to recovery. Nearly thirty percent of North Carolina bridges received a sub-standard rating, but none pose an immediate threat to drivers. Governor Bev Perdue recently said seventy highway and bridge projects will be funded by money from the economic stimulus, however the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge is not one of them.

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Bev Perdue cares very little about our part of the state

The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge was sub-standard when we received many years ago from the New York area as they up-dated. It is no secret our dire need for a new modern high rise bridge. New Hanover and Brunswick counties have over doubled their populations in just over a decade and factor in the increased traffic of the state's main port facility here. But don't look for any support from ole Bev. To see her priorities, one only needs to make a trip to her home town of New Bern, NC and look at the new bridge work there over the Trent and Neuse rivers. A town a fraction of our size with liitle growth and no port.

You're wrong, New Hanover

You're wrong, New Hanover County had a population of 120,284 in 1990, and estimated population of 190,432 in 2007. So, even in almost 2 decades, has not doubled in population. Brunswick County had a population of 50,985 in 1990 and an estimated population of 99,214 in 2007. So it is _ALMOST_ doubled in _ALMOST_ 20 years... So, neither county has "more than doubled" in population in "just over a decade". More like _ALMOST_ doubled population in just shy of two decades... Links: 1990 population for New Hanover County: http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/QTTable?_bm=n&_lang=en&qr_name=DEC_... Estimated 2007 population of New Hanover County: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/37/37129.html 1990 population for Brunswick County: http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/QTTable?_bm=n&_lang=en&qr_name=DEC_... Estimated 2007 population of Brunswick County: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/37/37019.html Do some research before spreading your propaganda.

Alright, two decades, so what's your point!!!

My post was not propaganda, perhaps you should do some research!!!

We haven't paid

We haven't paid enough in gas taxes for our roads. We're just too stingy with our money so we just don't deserve good roads. We wore our roads and bridges out because of our individual selfish greed. Remember, the stimulus means they will raise our taxes because it will be required. Time for a "TEA PARTY"

Agree

I totally agree with you, and they should also raise the gas tax and put a tax on how many miles you drive. Another idea is to tax and license all bicycles and scooters that are on the road.

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

The Governor has no interest in improving anything but education. She has allocated, according to recent reports, 68% of the stimulus funds received by NC to education, while spreading the remainder of funds so sparsely, it is doubtful they will be effectively used.

Not even education

Remember, she took the lottery money that is supposed to be for education and is using it elsewhere. WRAL News

Bridge

The federal money came with restrictions allocating money to title 1 and IDEA. I am glad we have a governor who cares about education! Let's start asking questions like were the gas tax money is going? It may take a toll bridge or more taxes !

she cares

about education?? She issued an executive order transferring funds from the Education Lottery to the General Funds. The Education Lottery was passed in an effort to support education. It likely would not have passed the Legislature had the Legislators serving at that time known a future Governor would transfer funds. The vote to approve was that close. So how does taking funds away from the Education Lottery show she cares about Education? Were you a part of the Official Party during her out of country "working" vacation?

BRIDGES AND EDUCATION

WITH STIMILIUS MONEY SHOULD BE BETTER USED FOR HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES TO ENSURE SAFETY OF OUR DRIVERS AND EVEN OUR LIVES OR ELSE SOME OF US MAY GET HURT ALSO ANYTHING HAPPENS TO ANY OF US IS UNPREDICTABLE. WHILE USING THE STIMILIUS PLAN GOIN TO THE ROADS AND BRIDGES WHICH WOULD BE BETTER AND TO INCLUDING CAPE FEAR BRIDGE WHICH THEY WONT INCLUDE SHUOLD BE DONE SINCE THERE HAS BEEN SOME DEATHS HAPPENING ON THAT BRIDGE. USING LOTTERY SHOULD BE FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES INSTEAD OF GOVENOR PURDUE USING IT FOR OTHER PURPOSES AND ITS UNDERSTANDING THAT ONLY 37 PERCENT OF THE MONEY IS USED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE BUT WHATS LEFT ARE FOR OTHER PURPOSES SO NOTICE THIS IS WHY SHE IS TOUCHING IT FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE PROBLEM IS IF SHE USES IT THEN WINNERS MAY NOT GET MONEY FOR WINNING MONEY TO RECEIVE SO THIS WILL CAUSE LOTTERY PLAYERS NOT PLAY NO MORE THEN THIS STATE WILL BE IN THE HOLE A FAR MORE WORSE THAN THEY ARE NOW IF LOTTERY IS TOUCHED AND THE STIMILIUS PLAN IS NOT USED ACCORDINGLY FOR WHAT ITS SUPPOSE TO BE USE. THANKS! THINK ABOUT ALL THIS AND MAKE THIS A GOOD PICTURE AND USE COMMON SENSE POLITICIANS! GO FOR OUR LIVES EDUCATION AND WHAT TO DO WITH STIMILIUS MONEY?? THINK!!!!!!

Purposes

I AGREE. THE PURPOSE OF THIS IS NOT TO FUND OTHER PURPOSES BUT TO USE THE FUNDS FOR THE PURPOSES IT WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED FOR, NOT FOR THE PURPOSES OF OTHERS, BUT FOR THE PURPOSES FOR THE THINGS THAT HAVE A PURPOSE AND CAN GIVE PEOPLE PURPOSE. THAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS MONEY. EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES SHOULD NOT BE CONFUSED WITH OTHER PURPOSES. THESE PURPOSES ARE COMPLETELY SEPARATE PURPOSES, AS ARE MANY OTHER PURPOSES THAT HAVE CONFLICTING PURPOSES FROM THE PURPOSES THEY WERE ORIGINALLY INTENDED FOR.

LOL

It's funny to me that the original post is a convoluted, confusing, poorly written post in all caps.... just like the supportive response... Hmmm. Not sure it's just money that is keeping people from getting an education....

"They" have a point

If someone read their posts, maybe they would set aside a lot of money for better education. =^)

ARE YOU THE SAME TWO PEOPLE?

ARE YOU THE SAME TWO PEOPLE? CAPS LOCK IS AWESOME ISN'T IT? I LOVE CAPS LOCK, IT MAKES WHAT I'M SAYING SEEM MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS SAYING BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE I AM YELLING!!!!

Of course

the decision was made to resurface a section of I-40 while this bridge is one of the ten worse in the state. That must have been one of the topics of the out of country "working" vacation.

I remember

It was not long ago a few years back, we were voteing on a high rise bridge or what we have now, the lift bridge, so would it not have been better off to vote on the high rise, way back when? Just wondering. And what are we to do now! If we had the high rise there would be no need to stop traffic everytime a ship came to town. just wondering. Been here along time, seen alot. you chose I think it's time for change.

Feels like a bucking horse

Feels like a bucking horse when you drive across it.

I like the idea of licensing

I like the idea of licensing scooters, but not bicycles. If it has an engine, it should have a license plate and insurance. OK if no driver's license for something that runs less than 25 mph, but plates, yes! I see plenty of so called mopeds running 50 mph with no license plates on them. If they use the road, they should pay, too. NC is losing a lot of revenue.

licensing

Booze bikes need to be licensed. The geeks who ride these pieces of junk clog the highways because they lost their licenses. Get some money out of these jerks!

I agree

Yep, the DUI scooters should be forced at the bare minimum to carry insurance. They love to ride in the middle of the lane blocking traffic. They are supposed to be at the edge like a bicycle. Tags and insurance would be a great thing.