So if this bridge is built , what is the estimated toll each way . Sorry if this has been asked before . What would be the highest toll would you be willing to pay ?
$25-30, based on the 2016 build cost, and assuming 1k to 2k per day average number of cars crossing.
If the decision to build this bridge is solely based on the ROI from tolls, I do not think there is enough traffic to make it pay. There are many other indirect benefits that come from a bridge, easing traffic across Dare and Currituck counties, emergency access and egress. The state has to get involved and help finance the build and have a reasonable toll and hope to sell the bridge at a loss to a private owner if they desire.
I am not a fan of the bridge as I do not go in the summer so the traffic is not an issue for me. With Currituck county hell bent on letting builders develop every square inch for the tax revenue, tearing down beach cottages and putting up 10-15 bedroom "homes" driving traffic and Saga creeping in to build out more vacant land, I think it is going to happen.
That's to finance what's left after the state and federal government contributions, not include the costs of personnel for the toll plaza.
It's a proposed span more than twice the length of the Wright Memorial Bridge. It might alleviate congestion, but it would need to greatly increases ingress and egress to the area to be funded. Arguably the biggest benefit would be to businesses that would develop along the travel corridor to the bridge. It would have some utility as an evacuation route, assuming residents were evacuated when visitors are normally evacuated through the existing bridges, as its practical realities make it somewhat more susceptible to wind/weather closures.