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State to hold two public forums about future of NC 12

Posted December 5, 2011

— The state Transportation Department is holding two public workshops this week to discuss options for N.C. 12 on Hatteras Island, which was damaged by Hurricane Irene.

The first public forum will be held Monday Dec. 5 at the Dare County Administrative Building in Manteo from 4 to 7 p.m. The second will be held Tuesday at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center on the island, also from 4 to 7 p.m.

DOT representatives will be available to explain design options under construction for each breach and will also be answering general questions. 

The road provides the only access for vehicles to the island. Hurricane Irene cut off the island when it struck in August by creating a new inlet and other breaches. The Transportation Department built a temporary bridge over the inlet and repaired the breaches but now is looking for more permanent repairs.

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  • beachboater Dec 5, 5:57 p.m.

    Don't repave highway 12. Just maintain it for 4x4 vehicles. I would have to guess, but my bet would be a large percentage of vehicles that make the trek to the outer banks are already 4x4. That's the way it is further north.

  • btneast Dec 5, 4:48 p.m.

    See, this is about more than a road-it's about a way of life that's been that way for years-ever since the highway was built!

    .....actually, way BEFORE the road was built, those folks were there.

  • cwood3 Dec 5, 4:34 p.m.

    There is gold in those million dollar homes-gold tourist dollars. The revenue from tourism on the OBX is just astronomical. WE have no right to take away their source of income even if it's expensive.

    You may not like the million dollar home owners, but what about the local Pizza guy, or the pier or tackle shop employee. Do they deserve to be fired because of this road issue?? Or the convenience store operator or employee?? Do they deserve a break?? What about fishermen(tourists)??

    These people have suffered alot before this storm thanks to the tree huggers and anti 4x4 and anti-fishing crowd-all over turtles and birds. Nature is nature-and they adapt! Not so-says the Park Service.

    See, this is about more than a road-it's about a way of life that's been that way for years-ever since the highway was built!

    Figure out the best way to preserve the road and do it!!

  • davidbh61255 Dec 5, 3:08 p.m.

    Hey Bev, lets do a Chunnel!! It can't cost THAT much, can it??

  • gnewsome1 Dec 5, 3:04 p.m.

    Fix it. These people deserve a decent road as well as anyone else.

  • hp277 Dec 5, 1:08 p.m.

    Make NC12 a toll road or put in enhanced ferry service when the traffic volume calls for it.

    Continuing to pour our limited highway dollars out on the sand for the ocean to wash away is nuts. If state and federal budgets are to ever be balanced, this is the very kind of wasteful project that must be cut.

  • Capt Mercury Dec 5, 1:01 p.m.

    Simple answer: Toll Road. If it is good enough for people trying to get to work every day in the Research Triangle Park, it's good enough for people trying to get to the beach to play.
    If rebuilding NC-12 makes sense, the same people who got the Triangle Parkway going will certainly jump at the opportunity to make some more money. If the geologists are right and anything built there is destined to wash away, let the venture capitalists lose the money. The state is already going broke!

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 5, 12:48 p.m.

    The ferry system would be the best way to go, and it will be slow. But if people want on or off the island, they just going to have be patience. No road or bridge will hold up to mother nature.

  • mesocell Dec 5, 12:41 p.m.

    Life-goes-on, While I agree that some sort of ferry system could be used, and is probably the best long term solution my feeble brain can come up with, the start up costs to buy/build the ferries we need, to handle the volume of traffic that NC 12 has today, is anything but low-cost. It would also require new docking facilities as well as staff and maintenance. Granted, part of the cost would be defrayed by the savings in no longer paving the road. However, I don't think the NC taxpayer at this time has the stomach for that large of an investment.

    However, a solution needs to be addressed and we need to work towards that goal instead of taking a losing wait and see approach for the next twenty years. I think that DOT realizes this with the temporary bridge as they search for the real solution. Let's hope those officials have the stomach to weather the political storm that will surely fall on their heads.

  • Life-goes-on. Dec 5, 12:23 p.m.

    Tourist taxes don't even come close to matching the billions of tax dollars spent on the Bonner Bridge and the constant rebuilding of hwy 12. It's time to cut our losses and put in a ferry that has the flexibility for a long term, low cost solution and stop spending tax money to accomodate the wealthy.

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