I am sorry, but there is so much stupidity in this thread I have to weigh in. If you are not informed you need to shut up.
1. Everyone is so sad about people losing their sound side view, and would prefer the option where the bridge is on the West side. That is so stupid. Instead of people having a bridge in their back yard you would have more people with a bridge in their front yard. It is just a different group of people being compromised. So who do you want to be sad for?
2. The person who says their is plenty of land to the west of S=turns has not walked that ground. I hate to tell you that is Federal land, and not an option. All this talk about the locals voicing their concern is not an issue. If I live in Arizona or Kansas I have as much say on federal land in NC than people living in Rodanthe. Like it or not, that is the way it is.
3. The person who says there is 10 years before there is a problem, again has not walked the ground. Read this
https://www.amazon.com/Battle-North-Car ... 0807834866
You will see that the erosion rate at Mirlo is the highest on the Outer Banks. Mirlo washes over all the time. Even before Florence it was washing over. When Mirlo was built most of the locals said WTF. It was built on an area that routinely was an inlet.
Bottom line OBX has been moving SW and eroding for 17000 years, since that last ice age. Yes it is sad that we are losing prime kiting locations but that is a fact. There are much bigger problems than that. Look at the South End of the Bonner Bridge, and you think that will be OK in 5 years? It is not some political bullshit. It is just a fact.
Yes the bridge is inconvenient but there is a not a better solution. The future will be a lot of bridges like this.