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NC Highway 12 reopened to four-wheel vehicles

Posted November 15, 2012

— N.C. Highway 12, the main thoroughfare along the Outer Banks, reopened Thursday to four-wheel drive traffic, authorities said.

Four-wheel drive access was restricted Wednesday because of overwash. The highway has remained closed to regular traffic since it was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The ferry from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe is continuing as scheduled. Extra ferries have been added from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke.

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  • piene2 Nov 16, 10:26 a.m.

    One can only hope that they complete repairs quickly.

  • mrsgaskill Nov 15, 6:19 p.m.

    wildpig777 - travel down Rt 12 once and then tell me what you see. Yes, there are homes owned by wealthy folks who spend their money in the state in which you live. There are also families there who have been there for generations. I suggest you go on YouTube, look up and watch the documentary "Americas Beach: The People of Hatteras Island". You will see that they work just as hard, if not harder, than the people who live inland. They pay taxes just the same as you. When a hurricane comes through, they take care of their own. How many "Help Hatteras" star studded aid shows have you seen on TV. These "native" people are humble to the core and if you needed help, they would be first in line. I urge you to visit Hatteras Island for a week and go to the shops / restaurants owned by locals and see for yourself how amazing they are.

  • wildpig777 Nov 15, 5:45 p.m.

    fix that hi way now for my wealthy friends and real estate companies-- wait, i dont know any one like that--why are my tax dolla's being spent on that pipe dream called hi way 12?

  • rocket Nov 15, 4:07 p.m.

    "I say if you can afford to live in an area such as this that you should be made to pay higher insurance and taxes that would go to keeping this one stretch of road maintained."

    Tax revenue from tourism more than pays for the road repairs. Taxes from residents represent a fraction of what the state collects from tourism.

  • mrsgaskill Nov 15, 4:00 p.m.

    "Maybe they ought to leave it like that. Reduces traffic on the outer banks and save millions every year on repaving a sand bar."

    My guess is you have never been down Rt 12. The cost to repave this road is nothing when you stop and think for a second about how much money this road generates in tourism dollars for the state. Closing it would only hurt the state and in the end - you (think increased taxes).

  • rocket Nov 15, 3:59 p.m.

    "Maybe they ought to leave it like that. Reduces traffic on the outer banks and save millions every year on repaving a sand bar."

    Is there a traffic problem there that I am unaware of? The millions saved would be more than offset by the millions in tax revenue lost as tourist stop visiting the island.

  • jsc1500 Nov 15, 3:49 p.m.

    To: NASCAR33 Sounds good to me!

  • jsc1500 Nov 15, 3:46 p.m.

    Why continue to build on loose sand? Seriously, this road washes out with every hurricane that comes by, and therefore should be left as 4-wheel drive access only. Our tax dollars are being wasted repeatedly over and over on the same thing. I say if you can afford to live in an area such as this that you should be made to pay higher insurance and taxes that would go to keeping this one stretch of road maintained.

  • davidk_at_unc Nov 15, 3:23 p.m.

    "Headline, "NC Highway 12 reopened to four-wheel vehicles" I guess no motorcycles allowed then? (I'd wager the word "drive" was accidentally removed.)" -- T-Man

    More likely just implied.

  • nascar33 Nov 15, 3:17 p.m.

    Maybe they ought to leave it like that. Reduces traffic on the outer banks and save millions every year on repaving a sand bar.

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