After they received the good news last week that NCDOT's attorneys were allowed to argue for the Bonner Bridge's permit, which is required to replace the bridge, officials have now learned that the Southern Environmental Law Center has appealed a federal judge's ruling that would allow construction to begin.
Officials say this appeal will further delay the building of a new bridge. Right now, they say the current bridge is operating on "borrowed time." NCDOT says the bridge is just one storm away from having to close down for good.
The bridge is already 30 years beyond its life cycle and is in constant need of repair and maintenance.
NCDOT says they plan to move forward with the new bridge once these issues are resolved.