I just signed a petition calling for the NCDOT to rescind the current bridge plan with a better, Beaufort oriented plan. This plan is outlined on the ourbeaufortbridge.com website. The current NCDOT plan stunts Beaufort's future growth, our present tourism trade, and does not fit with our community's maritime history. Our bridge should be constructed with both practical use and aesthetic appeal in mind. Beautiful shrubbery, historically themed lighting and a much needed bicycle/pedestrian lane would open up movement to all types of traffic, in keeping with the “Coolest Small Town in America” and “America's Favorite Yachting Community”. Our bridge would keep the beautiful vista of the marshlands and the Newport River, would not disrupt the existing infrastructure of the NC Maritime Museum’s Gallants Channel Annex or Tall Ship Wharfs, would allow the passage of the majority of vessels without the need to open the bridge, would allow passage of tall rigged vessel, both sail and fishing, passage to the developing Gallant’s Channel Annex, and to Marine facilities for repairs and storm refuge. It would allow for future growth of these type of facilities north of our new bridge. If you must build a new replacement bridge, build a bridge that has the characteristics we are asking for. Build a better bridge, a more useful bridge, and town-friendly bridge for US...Our Bridge.