(a)  Projects authorized by this permit shall be demolition, removal, and replacement of existing bridges and culverts along the existing alignment and conforming to the standards in this Rule.  This permit shall be applicable only to single bridge and culvert projects and shall not authorize temporary fill causeways or temporary bridges that may be associated with bridge replacement projects.

(b)  The permittee shall allow authorized representatives of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (Department) to make periodic inspections at any time deemed necessary in order to ensure that the activity being performed under authority of this general permit is in accordance with the terms and conditions prescribed in this Rule.

(c)  This general permit shall not be applicable to proposed construction where the Department determines that authorization may be warranted, but that the proposed activity might significantly affect the quality of human environment or unnecessarily endanger adjoining properties.

(d)  This general permit shall not be applicable to proposed construction where the Department determines that the proposed activity would have significant adverse impacts on water quality or historic, cultural, scenic, fisheries, or recreational resources.

(e)  This permit shall not eliminate the need to obtain any other required state, local, or federal authorization.

(f)  Development carried out under this permit shall be consistent with all local requirements, AEC rules, and local land use plans.

(g)  This permit shall not apply to projects that require work channels.

(h)  Review of individual project requests shall be coordinated with the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) and the Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC).  This may result in a construction moratorium during periods of significant biological productivity or critical life stages as determined by the WRC and DMF.

(i)  Development under this permit shall be carried out within Department of Transportation (DOT) right-of-ways or on lands under the ownership of the applicant in the case of a non-DOT project.

(j)  Bridge and culvert replacements shall be designed to minimize any adverse impacts to potential navigation or use of the waters by the public.

(k)  This permit shall apply only to projects involving replacement of bridges and culverts currently serving their intended function.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113A-107; 113A-118.1; 113A-124;

Eff. June 1, 1996;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2010.