Yep, you read that correctly, since a multi-billion Skyway bridge (est cost $1m a week for 40-years to taxpayers plus a toll) is probably off the table, the next great idea is a tunnel.
(WWAY) A tunnel built between Independence Boulevard in Wilmington and southern Brunswick County would cost $88 million more than a bridge while likely costing a similar amount to maintain, said Bobby Lewis, NC DOT’s chief of staff.
We have yet to see the full ramifications of expanding the causeway and the completion of the outer loop from I-140 over the Highway 17. Both of those projects will alleviate traffic congestion. We haven’t even seen Wilmington attempt a plan to re-route traffic to the Isabel Holmes bridge when the Memorial Bridge is closed due to an accident. Rerouting would continue traffic movement.
One can only hope that more salient thought will go into these matters before skyways and tunnels start getting built.
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