$185 million to bring tourists to Inner Banks?

Posted in the Creswell Forum

Columbia News

Hopewell Junction, NY

#1 Sep 10, 2006
How will effect this Tyrrell County?

The plan calls for three connecting bridges to go across the Chowan, Pamlico & Neuse rivers.

Says Washington Daily reporter

http://www.wdnweb.com/articles/2006/09/07/new...
__________

Link sponsored by http://www.ColumbiaNC.com
Washington Daily News

Garrison, NY

#2 Dec 16, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006

Proposed Scenic Parkway to link Inner Banks

New artery to check development, protect wildlife

By Dan Parsons, Staff Writer

PLYMOUTH— Plans for a new $185 million scenic parkway, a portion of which would pass through Washington and Beaufort counties, were presented to the Washington County commissioners Tuesday night.

“The road would be a valuable artery linking Havelock to the northeastern Inner Banks allowing for ease of travel for citizens to visit the entirety of eastern North Carolina,” said Christopher East, a representative of Ron Toppin. Toppin is running for the District 1 Senate seat held by state Sen. Marc Basnight.

A new term relative to its Outer Banks counterpart, the “Inner Banks” were loosely defined in the Plymouth presentation as the “western areas of the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds,” including the banks of the Chowan, Roanoke, Pamlico and Neuse rivers.

A scenic parkway, such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, is defined as a two-lane road separated from private land upon which a constant speed is maintained, by natural land, according to the presentation.

The proposed parkway will stretch from N.C. Highway 158 near Gatesville to N.C. Highway 70 near Havelock with a speed limit of 55 throughout, and will predominately use existing state highways 32, 45 and 306. The parkway would, however, bypass towns along its path, including Plymouth and Bath.

The cost of creating the parkway is not to exceed $185 million, which is the high-end estimate. State funding currently allocated to operating the two ferries that will be replaced should mostly cover the cost of constructing the parkway, Toppin said in an interview Wednesday. Further funding would come from the creation of state parks and wildlife refuges along the corridor.

“The parkway would cost almost nothing in funds that are not already allocated to the ferry systems alone,” East said.

As the Outer Banks become more developed and congested, the scenic parkway would serve a number of functions to facilitate the prevention of high-density land development. Protection of natural areas such as wetlands along the rivers and sounds would be the aim of increasing tourist access to opportunities for ecotourism and creation of state parks.

Diffusion and increased efficiency of hurricane evacuations was cited as another advantage of the parkway as well as smoother transportation of military forces between Jacksonville and Norfolk, Va.

Still, there was suspicion among the county commissioners as to the value of the parkway to Washington County and Plymouth.

“You say it will use only existing roads, but all I hear is bypass, bypass,” said Commissioner Billy Corey.

Fellow Commissioner Wesley Stokes had a suggestion.

“Why not bring the tourists through Plymouth on (U.S.) Highway 64 and then put them back on (N.C.) Highway 32?”, he asked.“Bring them through downtown Plymouth — not around it — and then you’ve got something.”

Toppin said the bypasses were “necessary to maintain a constant speed limit of 55 miles per hour.”

“Exits along the parkway would grant tourists access to local communities if that is their desire. For example, where Highway 32 intersects 64, motorists will have access to downtown Plymouth.”

The plan calls for three connecting bridges to be built across the Chowan, Pamlico, and Neuse rivers. The Bayview-Aurora and Minnesott Beach -Cherry Branch ferries currently operating would be closed and replaced by bridges. The Zeb Vance Norman Bridge, also called the Three Rivers Bridge, across the Roanoke River will be incorporated into the parkway. Twenty-four ferries employing 400 workers currently transport 1.1 million vehicles and 2.5 million passengers across five bodies of water annually.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Creswell Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Beaufort County man accused of assaulting child... Oct 21 Ace McMillan 1
Schools in Plymouth (Jul '12) Sep '14 David 4
Carrie Benson Sep '14 Dat guy 1026 1
Belhaven mayor: Vidant promises not to demolish... Sep '14 Billy 1
NC judge: Private school vouchers unconstitutional Aug '14 Phil 8
Who do you support for State Senate in North Ca... (Oct '10) Apr '12 homegrown 25
Who do you support for U.S. House in North Caro... (Oct '10) Feb '11 American 26
Creswell Dating
Find my Match

Creswell People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

Creswell News, Events & Info

Click for news, events and info in Creswell

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]

NFL Latest News

Updated 9:02 am PST

Bleacher Report 9:02AM
Does Cam Need Protection or Weapons More in 2015 Draft?
Bleacher Report10:02 AM
Grading Carolina's Positional Units Heading into Bye Week
ESPN 1:15 PM
Redskins' Jackson on post: Directed at no one
NBC Sports 1:33 PM
Redskins' Kerrigan perseveres despite hand injury - NBC Sports
Bleacher Report 3:59 PM
Are RGIII's Recent Struggles Correctable?