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Judge rules in favor of conservationists in dispute over bridge bypassing part of Pea Island NWR

A federal judge has ruled against a group of Outer Banks residents and property owners who sued to try to stop construction of a 2.4-mile bridge that would carry N.C. 12 around a section of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and into the village of Rodanthe.

Members of Save Our Sound OBX had asked the court to prevent the N.C. Department of Transportation from going ahead with the $145 million bridge that would carry the road out into Pamlico Sound to avoid the wildlife refuge. They argued that the jug handle bridge, so-called because of its shape, was being rushed without considering the full environmental impacts, which they said include destroying one of the most popular wind-surfing areas along the East Coast.



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