N.C. Department of Transportation is making
progress clearing sand and water from roads along the Outer Banks. Most areas
are clear and open to traffic, with a few exceptions.
· Crews continue to
pump over wash that is trapped between the highways back into the
ocean. US 158 is dry, but significant flooding remains between the
highways, along a portion of the beach road and on town streets. Crews
will continue pumping through the weekend, 24 hours per day.
· The department
expects to have a contract in place in the next several days to repair a
section of beach road just north of Kitty Hawk Road that sustained significant
pavement damage and loss of protective dunes. This area remains closed and
is expected to take several weeks to repair.
Devil Hills and Nags Head
· Both lanes of
the beach road are open to traffic, with some sand and water.
· The bridge is
being used by NCDOT and contractors working on NC 12 south of the
bridge. The department expects to have a contract in place in the next
several days to repair the tension cables within the deck of several
spans. The bridge cannot open to traffic until NC 12 is open south to
underwater surveys for scour using side-scan sonar were completed yesterday,
Thursday, Nov. 1. That data is being processed and evaluated.
· A contractor had
been performing scour repairs before the storm, but had to leave for safety reasons
and has remobilized and is continuing work.
Inlet to Rodanthe
equipment and personnel have been brought in and are making good progress
clearing sand from the roadway. Currently, four track excavators, eight
bulldozers and eight front end loaders plus support equipment are operating in
this area. This includes NCDOT resources and three contractors.
· Inspections of
the temporary bridge continue, and work to remove damaged pavement and
guardrail on the roadway approaching the bridge is under way.
· At Rodanthe,
crews are clearing sand from the roadway north and south of the damaged
pavement at Mirlo Beach. The department is working with other state and
federal agencies and contractors, and expects to have a contract for repairs
under way in the next several days. This work is expected to take several weeks
· NCDOT employees
have been working extended hours over the last week and will continue working
during daylight hours through the weekend to clear sand from this more than
10-mile stretch of highway. Sand in many areas was several feet deep on the
· Employees from
nearby divisions are being brought in to relieve many of the local equipment
operators and will work through the weekend to continue this work to clear the
· The roadway is
open to traffic from Rodanthe to the Hatteras Ferry terminal, with some
sand and water at a few isolated locations.
· Hatteras Island
can be accessed by taking the emergency ferry from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe,
which is making 10 runs daily from each side, or through Ocracoke.
· NCDOT opened
both lanes to traffic yesterday. Some sand and water remain on the road.
department urges motorists to “know before you go” about traffic conditions
along the Outer Banks. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511,
visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT
on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter/.
option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To
access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone and bookmark
it for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android
and some newer Blackberry phones.
note: To view images of hurricane recovery efforts along the Outer Banks, visit
the NCDOT Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ncdot/.
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