NCDOT Details of NC-12 Fix – Quick Facts and Timeline

This information can be found on this page on NCDOT: http://www.ncdot.gov/travel/nc12recovery/

NCDOT has developed a plan to restore normal traffic to NC 12 within one month. This short-term
solution provides time for NCDOT, working in constant collaboration with agency partners and experts
as well as state, local, and federal officials, to develop a comprehensive long-term strategy, consistent with the approved environmental studies.

Repairs along NC 12 are estimated to cost $10 million and will be paid for from Federal Emergency

Gov. Perdue has directed NCDOT to work closely with all partners to develop a long-term plan as soon as possible.

The plan involves the placement of a temporary, manufactured bridge across the largest breach which is about six miles south of the Bonner Bridge, on Pea Island. The remaining breaches will be filled in.

– Manufactured by Mabey Bridge
– Estimated cost between $2.5 and $2.7 million
– Will ship from manufacturer in 35 truckloads and be assembled on-site
– Once assembled, will span 650 feet
– NCDOT will drive 60 ft. piles to support the bridge top
– Bridge made of metal, thus is not a permanent solution in a marine environment
– Will support normal car and truck loads and widths, although speed limit will be reduced
– NCDOT has a similar bridge in place on US 52 in Winston-Salem


Sunday, August 28
– NCDOT began assessing damage as soon as it was light
– Photogrammetry plane flew over Outer Banks as soon as winds would allow
– Highway Administrator, Federal Highway Administrator, Chief Engineer flew to survey
– Specialist in the field of surveying began gathering critical data
– Emergency Ferry at Stumpy Point went into operation
– NCDOT crews began clearing non-breach damage from NC 12

Monday, August 29
– Hydraulics experts flew via helicopter to areas inaccessible by any other means to gather
critical data
– Survey experts visit site to gather data
– Photogrammetry plane flew over Outer Banks as soon as winds would allow
– Coordinated with Federal Highway Administration
– Coordinated with U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
– Evaluated critical data

Tuesday, August 30
– Coordinated with Coastal Area Management Agency
– Continued working with Federal Highway Administration
– Coordinated/shared data with NC Emergency Management
– Coordinated/shared data with Federal Emergency Management Agency
– Met with industry and contractors who are experts in coastal recovery
– Scheduled/coordinated meeting of entire merger team
– Evaluated critical data

Wednesday, August 31
– Hosted merger team meeting
– Discussed all data
– Met with design experts
– Finalized design criteria for temporary solution
– Evaluated all available data
– Researched possible suppliers

Thursday, September 1

– Completed design
– Prepared all permit applications
– Coordinated with all partners to finalize plan specifics
– Purchased temporary bridge
– Identified potential contractors with necessary expertise/availability
– Coordinated with Federal Highway Administration regarding funding

Friday, September 2

– Deliver plan to Governor for final approval
– Obtain all necessary permits
– Begin work in Rodanthe
– Secure needed contractors
– Begin construction plan implementation

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