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N.C. 12 to open to drivers next week

Posted October 5, 2011

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— The Outer Banks throughfare washed out by Hurricane Irene in late August is expected to reopen by the middle of next week, the N.C. Department of Transportation said Wednesday.

Engineer Pablo Hernandez said work on N.C. Highway 12 will be complete on or before Tuesday, Oct. 11.

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 N.C. Highway 12, 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.

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  • fayncmike Oct 7, 2011

    "And your "man made global bs"
    Iworkforaliving

    It's almost imposable to imagine, in this day and age there are still people that don't believe that man made global warming is a huge problem. Of course I guess there are also still people who don't believe the Earth is round and man has walked on the moon.

  • Iworkforaliving Oct 6, 2011

    "You know, that highway has been there a LONG time, and only in the last few years have there been problems with overwash and inlets. btneast"

    Can you sat, "man made global warming?

    Give me a break, that road has been washed out many times and not only in the last few years, ever since the road was laid its gotten wash out here or there. And your "man made global bs"
    Your parents were crying a different tune when they were marching around whining about man made global cooling in the 70s. So whats you kids gonna scream about in 10 or 20 years? Man made global stagnation?

  • fayncmike Oct 6, 2011

    "You know, that highway has been there a LONG time, and only in the last few years have there been problems with overwash and inlets.
    btneast"

    Can you sat, "man made global warming?

  • ben94gt Oct 6, 2011

    "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."

    In other words, it will be there for about 30 years.

  • btneast Oct 6, 2011

    You know, that highway has been there a LONG time, and only in the last few years have there been problems with overwash and inlets. It has also only been a few years that NPS has stopped NCDOT from building back the dune lines on the sea side of the highway, that were put there to protect the highway. Hmmmm, I wonder if there is a connection? On a separate note, I-40 has been blocked on several occasions from rock slides.....maybe we should just stop doing the work to open that highway back up, because its just going to happen again.

  • icmfal Oct 6, 2011

    Enjoy it until the next storm washes it out yet again. Mother Nature will win this battle.

  • fayncmike Oct 6, 2011

    I'm really glad to see N.C.12 so close to opening. The Outer Banks are a great place to visit. I only wish I could have a home there.

  • unaffiliated_voter Oct 5, 2011

    I'm guessing it will be about 3 months, give or take a few weeks, until a nor'easter damages the road again. I was out there once when there was water on the road just because it was a full moon and there was a storm a few hundred miles out in the ocean.

    That strip of sand really isn't a viable place for a road. I'm thinking they need to either figure out a way to build a storm-proof road or just let nature do its thing and have Hatteras, etc. only accessible by water like Ocracoke. Rebuilding every year or so is just crazy.

  • lolly Oct 5, 2011

    I agree with vraptor. Meanwhile, toll roads are installed in metros that pay 75% of the gas tax. Makes sense to me. /* end sarcasm font */

  • vraptor Oct 5, 2011

    Hurricane punches holes in outer banks. NC stupidly rebuilds. Repeat until the end of time.