A judge ruled that NCDOT can now participate in the action filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center which challenged the issuance of the Coastal Area Management Act Permit (CAMA).
This state permit is required to replace the bridge which is operating on “borrowed time.”
This action was filed on behalf of the Defenders of Wildlife and National Wildlife Refuge Association by the SELC.
This was the final hurdle that prevented officials from moving forward with the replacement project.
NCDOT will be able to move forward with the project once the permit challenge is over and final permits are issued by federal agencies.
While the battle continues, officials say the Bonner Bridge is still safe for drivers. They will continue to monitor it and if safety does become an issue, they will close it immediately.