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SELC continues opposition to build new bridge alongside Bonner

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NAGS HEAD, N.C. - Life is returning to normal on the Outer Banks now that the Bonner Bridge is back open.

But moving traffic on the 50-year-old span isn't stopping the fight over its replacement.
     
Despite heavy criticism from the McCrory administration, the Southern Environmental Law Center continues to fight the state's plan to build a new bridge next to the Bonner.
     
The group argues the state's plan does not solve long-term issues and is an environmental threat. They want a new bridge built somewhere else.

"Personally, it would be nice if they could build a 17-mile bridge to bypass it all, but who's going to pay for it," said Brad Kleman, Surf Shop manager.

"They should come here, live here and see what it's like. They're destroying lives of people that work here," said Jim Kobylinski, resident.

Sand erosion closed that bridge almost 2 weeks.
     
Crews spent a few days dredging tons of sand from the Oregon Inlet and dumping them around the bridge's pilings to stabilize them.
     
Repair work will continue for the next 2 1/2 months.

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