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Road link to Outer Banks reopens

Posted October 10, 2011
Updated October 11, 2011

— The road that links the mainland to Hatteras Island was to reopen Monday at 5 p.m., more than a month after damage from Hurricane Irene blocked land access to that portion of the Outer Banks. NC 12 Temporary bridge opens on N.C. 12

Crews have been working, sometimes around the clock, on breaches to N.C. 12 since the storm passed Aug. 27.

Irene washed out two areas of the highway, including a section more than 200 feet long in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, south of Nags Head, when the Category 1 storm touched down on the coast.

The two-lane, 650-foot temporary bridge will restore traffic and will remain in place as long as necessary while the DOT works toward a permanent repair to the damage. Engineers have said they hope a permanent solution will be ready by 2016.

Web only: Aerial tour of Irene damage Web only: Aerial tour of Irene damage

Other crews have used sand to repair a section of N.C. 12 that washed away north of Rodanthe.

The speed limit along the temporary bridge will be 25 mph because of its narrow width and the curves of the highway approaches on either end, officials said.

Crews still have to do some final paving, grading along the shoulders and remove some old asphalt, officials said, which might require some lane closures.

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  • Big Daddy Cain Oct 11, 2011

    The real issue is how long do they have to deal with a substandard temporary bridge?

    That temporary bridge is probably not as "substandard" as most of the bridges in this state.

  • ben94gt Oct 11, 2011

    So tired of some of the off base comments on here. NC 12 is fixed with taxpayer money because it is the ONLY way on and off that island, same with ocracoke. What if the DOT tolled the only way in and out of your neighborhood? You would cry bloody murder.
    The real issue is how long do they have to deal with a substandard temporary bridge? Knowing the way the state operates I wouldnt be surprised if it is still there 10 years later. The Bonner bridge is almost 20 years past its replacement date at this point.

  • RainierBeer Oct 11, 2011

    What they want to believe: NC12 is a permanent road.
    Truth: It's always moving toward the sound, just like the sand underneath.
    Since Hatteras lighthouse was moved, how far has the ocean advanced in its previous spot?

  • dale234 Oct 11, 2011

    I have to say it seems that some here don't know what area of NC we are talking about. It is true that there are some mansion-like homes down on Haterras Island but for the most part it is not just a route for Doctors and Lawyers to get to their fancy vacation homes. It is a beautiful place to visit. A lot of unspoiled beaches still remain there. People live there and they aren't rich people for the most part. Just trying to make a living.

  • btneast Oct 11, 2011

    DISGUSTING Does the taxpayer have to rebuilt this road twice a year so the rich lawyers and doctors have have a way to get to their fancy vacation homes?

    If they want a read to paradise, let them build it themselves.

    ..Skinnygranny, sure there are some wealthy folks that haev homes there, but the overwhelming majority of folks that access the OBX are average people. Can you say vacation? Long weekends? Tourism is what the state is trying to salvage. Tourism is one of NC's largest industries, it accounted for 17 billion in income in 2010 statewide according to NC Dept of Commerce. Not reopening that road to spite a handful of wealthy folks is cutting your nose off to spite your face.

  • fayncmike Oct 11, 2011

    "And the haters are out in force here again. I do not understand the people who, unless it directly benefits them, are so negative they would mess over the world for a percentage.
    Scaramouche"

    It's typical of the, "Me, me, me" people. They go through life driving their huge dinosaur vehicles, befouling the air while all the while they leave a trail of filth behind them everywhere they go. Never caring about future generations that will have to suffer from their selfishness. Things like demanding environmentally friendly products and recycling are beneath them. The air becomes poisonous, the oceans are dying, the ice caps are melting but that all falls on deaf ears. even the idea that their own future generations will have to live with the filthy environment means nothing to them. That's why voluntary environmental conservation isn't working. The only way is to give the government the power to force people and businesses to be environmentally responsible regardless of the cost.

  • mmtlash Oct 10, 2011

    I'm sure residents and business owners, in addition to tourists will be happy the road is back open

  • vraptor Oct 10, 2011

    Hum.

    We have at least one major bridge on HW 12. So they figured it out 48 years ago. We have another major bridge to get to Kill Devil Hills from 64. If we put men on the moon 40+ years ago. We can build a raised hw for Hw 12.

    1963: A bridge across Oregon Inlet is constructed and NC 12 is routed along it. This bridge was built to eliminate the need for ferry service to and from Hatteras Island and to provide a quick hurricane evacuation route.

  • skinnygranny Oct 10, 2011

    DISGUSTING
    Does the taxpayer have to rebuilt this road twice a year so the rich lawyers and doctors have have a way to get to their fancy vacation homes?

    If they want a read to paradise, let them build it themselves.

  • lovethecrazycomment Oct 10, 2011

    To all you complainers and whiners out there, I would dare say, that most residents of Hatteras Island like their two lane road. They also, like all NC tax payers subsidize enlarging roadways to handle the sprawl and congestion in counties and cities around the state, most of the times on roads they will never travel on. Maybe we should just stop building roads in this area. No more maintenance, or enlarging of 40. I mean, didn't you all move somewhere that had lots of traffic? So, I am sure sitting stopped in it won't bother you.

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