§ 136‑89.183A.  Accelerated Pilot Toll Bridge Project.

(a) Findings. – The General Assembly finds that there is a need for a bridge connecting the Currituck County mainland to the Currituck County Outer Banks; that the bridge should be implemented as a toll bridge; that the bridge should be implemented in a manner that protects the natural environment and quality of life on the Outer Banks; and that the character of the existing road system in Currituck County and Dare County Outer Banks should be preserved.

(b) Contract to Construct Accelerated Pilot Toll Bridge Project. – The Authority shall contract with a single private firm to design, obtain all necessary permits for, and construct the toll bridge described in G.S. 136‑89.183(a)(2), known as the Mid‑Currituck Bridge,  in order to provide accelerated, efficient, and cost‑effective completion of the project.

(c) Preconstruction Participation. – In addition to the authority granted by G.S. 136‑89.191, the Department shall participate in the cost of preconstruction activities related to the project described in this section, if requested by the Authority.

(d) Environmental Protection. – The Authority shall ensure that the Mid‑Currituck Bridge is implemented in a manner that accomplishes all of the following:

(1) Ensures the preservation of water quality in Currituck Sound.

(2) Mitigates the environmental impact of the bridge on the Currituck County mainland and the Outer Banks.

(3) Reduces traffic congestion and vehicle miles traveled, and preserves the character of the existing road system, in Dare County and Currituck County on the Outer Banks.

(e) Report on Project. – The Authority shall report to the Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee on December 1, 2005, and each December 1 thereafter until completion, on the progress of the accelerated pilot toll bridge project described in this section. (2005‑275, s. 3; 2008‑225, s. 11.)