DOT planning for long-term fix to NC 12

Posted October 19, 2011

— North Carolina transportation engineers met Tuesday with representatives from a dozen state and federal agencies to discuss possible options for permanently fixing N.C. Highway 12.

The highway is the lone overland link between Hatteras Island and mainland North Carolina, and Hurricane Irene tore two holes in the road in August. The state Department of Transportation rebuilt one section of the highway near Rodanthe and opened a temporary bridge last week to span the other area that had washed out, in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Gov. Beverly Perdue has asked the DOT to develop a long-term solution to N.C. 12, which has been repeatedly damaged by coastal storms in recent years.

Engineers plan to meet with coastal science experts to learn about the changes in conditions along N.C. 12 from Hurricane Irene, identify issues and constraints associated with future maintenance of the highway and obtain engineering advice on design parameters for long-term solutions.

They then will present options to area residents to get their feedback and forward a final plan to Perdue.

Options discussed Tuesday include beach renourishment, constructing permanent bridges at Pea Island and north of Rodanthe or moving the highway to a new location on the island.

The process to develop permanent solutions is part of the Bonner Bridge replacement project.

The first phase of that project involves replacing the 2.7-mile bridge over Oregon Inlet, which is currently in the design stage. The project also includes a coastal monitoring program that uses scientific data to determine what types of improvements are needed on N.C. 12 between Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and Rodanthe and when that work will occur.

“N.C. 12 is the lifeline for the economy of the Outer Banks, and we want to ensure that it offers reliable service to residents and visitors for decades to come,” DOT Chief Operating Officer Jim Trogdon said in a statement.


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  • Vietnam Vet Oct 20, 2011

    There is no permanent plan possible until we learn how to make the hurricanes go someplace else. These kinds of damage have happened repeatedly and will continue to do so.

  • soyousay Oct 20, 2011

    where is the data for "donor" money in from the state and income in.. the same could be said for any oter county

  • soyousay Oct 20, 2011

    there is no permanent solution to the forces of nature. try a ferry

  • btneast Oct 20, 2011

    It's time for those who benefit from outer banks tourism to fund the upkeep of NC12 instead of spreading the costs all over North Carolina.

    ...boy do you have it backwards. You and I benefit from OBX tourism. Dare County is a donor county, they take in more tax revenue than they consume. THEY fund a lot of projects statewide that does not directly benefit them, NOT the other way around. Tourism brings income to the STATE in the form of mostly taxes. Every dollar tourism generates for the state is one less dollar you and I have to cough up.

  • loudbert Oct 19, 2011

    Dare county is a donor county. They contribute far more than they take from the state. And by the way...the residents are poor. They don't own the big houses, they clean them. And this winter is going to be a very hard one for the residents who lost all they had. Year round rentals are hard to fine which is why so many live in trailers and campers... now flooded and lost. Hatesthesocialistobama please don't ever visit, okay?

  • hp277 Oct 19, 2011

    Tolls are the answer. Make the users pay at least a part of this expensive boondoggle.

  • fayncmike Oct 19, 2011

    "Its called an island for a reason. Bev doesn't care about common sense....this lady cares about votes and donations

    Manhattan is called an island. England is called an island. What's your point?

  • fayncmike Oct 19, 2011

    Let's finally spend whatever money money it takes to get the darn road fixed properly. Every time it washes out it's an enormous inconvenience to the residents and of course hurts the tourism industry.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Oct 19, 2011

    Toll the Bonner Bridge and NC12 since it primarily benefits the tourism industry and very few people in North Carolina.

    It makes more sense than tolling I/NC 540 around Southern Wake County.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Oct 19, 2011

    They are doing the NC12 work because it benefits wealthy people who make a lot of money from the tourism industry.

    If NC12 went to a poor area that the wealthy didn't benefit from, NCDOT would not rebuild the road and tell the people it was their problem. They might do a ferry at most.