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Residents react to Cape Fear Skyway project

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Not everyone is happy about the Cape Fear Skyway proposed highrise bridge. The project would connect New Hanover and Brunswick Counties. It's a project that has some drivers looking forward to a new route in to and out of the counties. But some residents say, that same project may force them out of their homes. Brittany Pearson works at a gas station right across from the entrance to the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, one of the two ways in to Brunswick County from New Hanover. Pearson says at five o'clock, traffic is at a stand still. "A big traffic jam backed up all the way up behind Burger King," Pearson said. The state says the Cape Fear Skyway that would link the two counties with a new bridge and a toll road will loosen that congestion. Some drivers agree. "Between 8 and 9 o'clock in the morning it takes forever to get in to Wilmington," Leland Resident David Raynor said, "In the afternoon it takes forever and we need to do something about trying to clear that up." The state says the entire project will be almost ten miles long. The bridge would start at Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington connecting in Brunswick County to a new road stretching to Highway 17. It would meet a proposed i-140 bypass. The new road would intersect 17 right at the entrance of Snee Farm subdivision. "As residents of Snee Farm we're not opposed to progress, we're not opposed to roads, what we are opposed to is the location," Terry Obrock of the Snee Farm Homeowners Association said. Residents of Snee Farm say the vacant land next to the subdivision is a cheaper and less intrusive place for the road. The project is estimated at nearly one-billion dollars. Residents say with a price tag like that, they can't figure out why the state would pay market value for homes, when the other land would be much cheaper. "We don't understand it. We think it's bureaucracy gone wild. we think its fiscally irresponsible," Obrock said. The state says it still isn't sure whether or not it would need to buy land from homeowners to complete the project.

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