Dare County Emergency Management is the lead role in preparing for and directing response to major emergencies and disasters , both natural and man-made within Dare County. The Department of Emergency Management is the local community based equivalent of the NC Division of Emergency Management Agency at the State level and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the Federal level. It works closely with all agencies (public & private) before, during and after emergencies/disasters to provide the coordination of comprehensive protection of lives and property. 

Dare County Emergency Management has a full-time staff that receives specialized training in many varied fields. Like other public safety officials, staff members serve the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

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N.C. 12 Pea Island Interim Bridge Now Open to Traffic

Post Date:11/15/2017 10:51 a.m.

RODANTHE - Outer Banks motorists are now driving on a new bridge along N.C. 12 in Dare County. The Pea Island Interim Bridge opened for traffic on Nov. 14. Drivers have been using a temporary metal bridge put in place after Hurricane Irene in 2011. Although the new bridge is in place, more work is needed. That includes the smoothing and grading of road shoulders along N.C. 12.

During the initial phase of the opening, traffic on the bridge is in a one lane, two-way pattern controlled by flaggers and temporary traffic signals. The lane closures will allow work crews to add asphalt to the existing roadway in order to raise N.C. 12 to meet the new bridge. This one-lane pattern is expected to last 3-5 days.

The T.A. Loving Co. began construction of the $14.3 million bridge in March 2016. The new bridge is easier to maintain than the metal temporary bridge and will provide safe access for the area while NCDOT performs a study of permanent solutions to maintain public access to Pea Island.

After traffic is restored to its regular pattern, crews will begin the process of removing the temporary metal bridge. That process is expected to be complete in March 2018.

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