Friday, August 11, 2006

Two issues are prominent in the news about Hatteras Island these days. One is the new bridge over Oregon Inlet. The other is an effort to construct a multi-use path beside Highway 12 from Rodanthe to Hatteras Village.

The new bridge is a complex topic with a lot a of competing financial, environmental, and political dimensions. On one side of the advocacy are the environmental interests who favor the long bridge alternative that would bypass Pea Island. On the other side, are most of the politicians and beach access interests who favor the short bridge option that in the short run would be less expensive and would assure continued access to Pea Island. Hopefully, the decision will be resolved early next year.

The 22.7 mile multi-use path is in the early stages of planning. According to a local newspaper article, construction will take about seven years to complete. The island really needs a path such as the one proposed. We (residents and visitors) are very fortunate that there have not been more serious accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians traveling within a few feet of vehicles going very fast.


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