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Hurricane Dorian Bulletins & Updates

Transportation Officials Hope to Reopen N.C. 12 by Wednesday

Post Date:11/19/2019 3:56 PM

FROM NCDOT - State transportation officials hope to reopen N.C. 12 between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe Wednesday if no additional damage is found.

The stretch of N.C. 12 on Hatteras Island has been closed since 5 p.m. Saturday. A powerful storm washed out several dunes and blew sand and ocean overwash onto the road.

As of Tuesday morning, NCDOT officials said they have not seen any structural damage to the road and the road is no longer experiencing ocean overwash. However, areas of N.C. 12 between Rodanthe and Oregon Inlet are still covered with standing water and sand.

NCDOT crews also inspected N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island Monday afternoon and saw no additional structural damage. Transportation officials say the storm did cause some dune breaches on Ocracoke Island within the area still being repaired from Hurricane Dorian. This portion of N.C. 12 has remained closed since Dorian struck in early September. The storm will delay this Friday’s scheduled reopening of the Ocracoke Island section of N.C. 12. At this time, officials are still assessing the road to determine what repairs will be needed to enable the road to be reopened. 

NCDOT crews and contractors are continuing to clear sand and debris from the highway to make the road safe for travel. The next high tide is about 12:30 p.m. today and officials do not expect additional ocean overwash.

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