N.C. 12 to open to drivers next week

Posted October 5, 2011 4:56 p.m. EDT

— 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.