In my opinion not in my lifetime. Two to three opening is a laugher! The Local Public and Residents have a lot of concerns but most of it is preservation of the area. Preservation is a big word with many sub thoughts. The bridge makes sense only for ease of traveling and naturally Hurricane evacuation. Inevtably it will bring more people, daytrippers etc. I would also think Duck will loose some business. There are really two mindsets here. Vacationers who want their trips easier and have more services. The other group really wants to keep the area a low key, small, family type beach area. Who wins ? Big Money always. Years ago we use to call them Land Maggots. Oh, well that's an old time locals perspective. Be that as it may!
I am a "vacationer" who has stayed in Sanderling and Whalehead Beach for the last 30 some years. Although I don't live or own property there I do have an opinion and have expressed it numerous times on this board. I oppose the bridge.
A couple of things Pickle mentioned: Duck may lose some business.....maybe, but the Lower Currituck mainland will for sure. As for the hurricane evacuation....with the advances in hurricane predictions from since the bridge was proposed back in the 1990s that to me is a weak argument.
The new "ease" of travel to the northern Outer Banks will increase pressure for upzoning….proponents say there is no land left....guess no one has heard of redevelopment.
Pressure will increase to take the pavement further north into the current 4X4 areas.
Infrastructure....with the increased pressure to build at higher densities and most likely more non-residential stuff can the sewer systems, drainage system, potable water supply meet those demands without impacting the environment?