This project has a number of problems associated with it.
First is location. WE want a route directly into Wilmington which is why the CF bridge is so heavily used right now. The location of the Skyway is in southern Leland and the southern part of Wilmington. From the ILM side that's not bad but if I'm coming from Reiglewood to here I will go over the CF. It's the most direct route into the "heart" of ILM.
Second - the cable stayed bridge design is certainly attractive, however it is also expensive. The I-140 bridge design is "plain" but it does work. This design is capable of going 135 to 140ft in the air.
No matter which way we do it we have to consider how many people will use it but I don't think we'll lose a lot of traffic off the CF by using the southern route.
Hopefully the connector on I-140 to 17 will help take some burden off the CF.
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