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Despite longstanding neighborhood opposition, plans for another bridge across Lake Norman remain afloat in the Mooresville area.

The Mooresville Board of Commissioners voted 5-to-1 on Monday night in favor of an updated Mooresville Comprehensive Transportation Plan.

Numerous future projects are in the plan, including a bridge linking Doolie and Oak Tree roads. The plan says the bridge would relieve congestion in the N.C. 150 and Brawley School Road corridors.

Several residents cited traffic and other concerns in urging the board to remove the bridge from the list. Residents Deborah Bowen and Beth Rathke said nearby four-lane Morrison Plantation Parkway, which likewise links Brawley School Road and N.C. 150, makes the bridge unnecessary.

Rathke said bridge traffic would disrupt seven peaceful, safe neighborhoods on Oak Tree, including a senior living community.

Commissioners said the transportation plan includes no funding for the listed projects, and Mayor Miles Atkins told the Observer that it will be forever and a day before the bridge is built.

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