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Cost versus benefit...

Everyone complains about the congestion on the roads. The Skyway Bridge is needed for "economic development and growth" according to Mr. Sue. With economic development and growth, we get more traffic. Where is the money to make the improvements to deal with all the new traffic going to come from? We can't get any money now to improve what is already broke, but we have a group of people trying to build something big, new and shiny that will solve all our problems....Seriously??? Say we get the 49 million a year for 40 years as gap funding and it doesn't cover the cost of the bridge. Keep in mind, the cost seems to go up every few months. Where does the money come from to improve everything else to go along with the bridge? Traffic crossing the rivers has slowly shifted north over the last 5 years. Comparatively, very few people are crossing the Memorial Bridge and heading south in New Hanover County. If the bridge is built, it will never carry more than 15 to 20 thousand vehicles a day. And we want to spend over a billion dollars for this? The completed I-140 will carry more traffic than the Skyway. I-140 gives us an alternative crossing over the rivers. As Brunswick County becomes more self sufficient, through development, fewer trips across the bridge will be necessary. New Hanover County doesn't have much room left to grow. It's not going to attract that many more people. 49 million dollars a year for even 20 years would go along way to solving most of our current traffic issues. 49 million a year for 40 years for 1 bridge isn't going to do much of anything for our local traffic issues.


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