Crews work to rebuild NC 12
Posted September 6, 2011
Rodanthe, N.C. — Ferries delivered heavy equipment to Hatteras Island Tuesday as crews worked to repair part of the Outer Banks' only highway, which Hurricane Irene washed out last month.
The section of N.C. Highway 12, just north of Rodanthe, is one of two areas of the roadway that were damaged in the storm.
Construction crews spent all day Monday transporting sand and spreading it out to fill in the breach as part of the state Department of Transportation's efforts to have the highway open within the month for residents and tourists.
The DOT plans to install a temporary bridge to reconnect the roadway at the second, larger breach in the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge.
This short-term repair is expected to cost $10 million in federal disaster relief. The DOT is planning a long-term fix, but it hasn't been worked out yet.
Meanwhile Tuesday, ferry service resumed for Hatteras Island residents who left the island in advance of Irene.
Ramp damage temporarily shut down the ferry Sunday after a piece of heavy equipment being loaded onto the ferry damaged the ramp at Stumpy Point.