Katie unbars the door*

Map with proposed bridge routes

Corolla has long been one of Currituck County’s favorite – and most remote – Outer Banks travel havens.

Getting there requires making what is essentially a giant U-turn that can add more than a hour’s drive.

After about 20 years of debate, state and local officials and environmentalists are near agreement on a $659 million shortcut: a 5-mile bridge over the sound that would link Corolla to a small town about a 40-minute drive from the Virginia-North Carolina line.

Will Corolla go the way of Coney Island? *