Thursday, December 20, 2012
Last night at about 7:00pm, NCDOT re-opened NC-12 to regular traffic after finishing the paving and line painting ahead of schedule. Expect minor delays as they are continuing to rebuild the dunes along the road. Keep an eye out for flag-men directing traffic in the Mirlo Beach area.
Since the road is now open to all traffic, NCDOT has discontinued the use of the emergency Rodanthe-Stumpy Point ferry.
Here is the NCDOT press release from yesterday announcing the upcoming opening of the road.
Hurricane-Damaged Section of N.C. 12 to Reopen to Traffic Today by 8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
RALEIGH — The final section of N.C. 12 damaged by Hurricane Sandy and a pair of Nor’easters will reopen to traffic today by 8 p.m. The nearly back-to-back storms broke apart the pavement along a 0.4-mile section of the highway just north of Mirlo Beach in Dare County and washed away protective dunes along the roadway.
“Our crews have battled wind, rain and rough seas to repair and restore traffic to this critical lifeline to Hatteras Island,” said N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti. “We appreciate their hard work and look forward to seeing vehicles flowing on the road once again between Rodanthe and the mainland.”
To rebuild N.C. 12, crews removed the damaged pavement, graded the road bed and hauled in dozens of dump truck loads of asphalt from Williamston to form the new roadway. They finished putting down the second layer of asphalt today. Crews are currently striping the new lanes and reconstructing shoulders to create a gentle slope to ensure motorists safety.
NCDOT expects the work to be complete by 8 p.m. At that time, the department will close the four-wheel drive route, remove the checkpoints and reopen the highway to all traffic. Sandbag installation and dune reconstruction along N.C. 12 remain under way and will continue after the road reopens.
As soon as vehicles begin traveling down the newly paved highway, the NCDOT Ferry Division will officially close the emergency ferry route, which carries motorists between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe. The Hatteras-Ocracoke route will not revert to its regular winter schedule until sometime after Christmas.
The vessels used during the operation will return to service at the routes where they were previously assigned, but the Ferry Division will remain on standby to assist if N.C. 12 becomes impassable again.
For more information about N.C. 12 recovery efforts, visit the N.C. 12 recovery webpage or the N.C. 12 Facebook page. For the latest ferry schedules, call 1-800-BY-FERRY and press “1,” or visit the NCDOT Ferry webpage.
In addition, a new webpage that showcases projects along N.C. 12 from the replacement of the Bonner Bridge to short- and long-term solutions for the breaches caused by Hurricane Irene last year is now live at www.ncdot.gov/nc12/.