Beth Midgett talks about replacing the Bonner
Bridge on 'To the Point'...WITH AUDIO
By IRENE NOLAN
Midgett, who has been chairwoman of the Dare County Citizens' Committee
to Replace the Bonner Bridge since it was established in 2006, was the
guest on Sunday, Oct. 5, on the new Radio Hatteras interview show, "To
On the show, she discussed the 25-year effort of the North Carolina
Department of Transportation to replace the aging bridge that is the
only highway link between Hatteras and the mainland.
"To the Point," which is hosted by Island Free Press Editor, Irene
Nolan, airs on the island's community radio station, FM 101.5 and FM
99.9, at 5 p.m. on the first and third Sunday of each month.
It is repeated on the second and fourth Sunday.
Midgett, along with some other mothers, also started the Bridge Moms
Facebook page, where they advocate for safe and practical access to
Among other things in the interview, she talked about:
The longer, 17.5 mile bridge alternative preferred by
environmentalists, and why she did not favor it.
A system of ferries, also preferred by environmentalists and some
scientists. "(Ferries) did not make sense in 1962 -- that's why the
bridge was built. And it certainly doesn't make sense a half a century
later," she said.
Current negotiations between NCDOT and the Southern Environmental Law
Center, on behalf of its clients, to settle a lawsuit to stop the
current plan to replace the bridge. "I'm okay with it, if DOT is okay
with it," she said, adding that she did not believe that DOT would
settle for an alternative that it can't fund and that it doesn't think
it can get the permits for. She said she is one of those people "who
have a fear about what SELC will pull out of its bag of tricks next."
However, she said, she thinks DOT "knows who's on the playing field"
and "what their end-game is."
The public's part in the negotiations. "We do have a seat at
the table," she said. "We are represented by NCDOT and (the)
Federal Highway (Administration).
The scientists, environmentalists, and others who feel not only that
the Bonner Bridge should not be replaced but that Highway 12 should be
allowed to fall into the Atlantic Ocean.
Go to the bottom of the page to listen to a recording of "To the Point."
ABOUT 'TO THE POINT'
the show, IFP editor Irene Nolan
will be interviewing newsmakers about the events and issues that
affect all of us who live on Hatteras Island and those of us who love
to visit here.
can expect to hear from folks
who are making the news, those who are decision-makers, and some who
are just plain interesting to talk to about the island and its past,
present, and future," she says.
the station's all-volunteer
staff and small budget are stretched tight, the show is pre-recorded.
At this point, listeners cannot call in questions.
the station can be received only
on Hatteras Island, though the board of directors of the community,
non-profit hopes that funds can be raised soon for online streaming
of the programming.
now, the audio will be posted the
week after the interview so Island Free Press readers who missed the
show or who do not live on Hatteras can listen in.
can let Nolan know about folks you
would like her to interview and suggest questions to ask. Send your
ideas to [email protected].
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