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Bonner Bridge Settlement Announced today

The National Wildlife Refuge Association is pleased to announce the settlement of a lawsuit regarding the Bonner Bridge and North Carolina Highway 12 (NC-12), which runs through the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.   This agreement represents a win-win for everyone – both for people who rely on NC-12 and for people who value the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.  We are pleased that, because of the settlement, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Federal Highways Administration will now be taking a serious look at moving portions of NC-12 out of the fragile wildlife refuge, off the unstable barrier island, and into Pamlico Sound.  The project sections described in the settlement agreement, if approved, will provide safe, reliable transportation by moving the road off the parts of Hatteras Island where erosion, washouts, and rising seas frequently shut it down/ prevent access. North Carolina needs a safe, reliable long term transportation route for Hatteras Island, and the settlement agreement finally provides a viable plan for building one while protecting sensitive habitat on Pea Island NWR for species such as sea turtles, piping plovers and thousands of migrating birds.

Click here to read the joint press release to learn more about the agreement. 

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2015/06/bonner-bridge-settlement-announced-today/

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