High Winds, Rough Seas May Trigger Intermittent Closures of Four-Wheel Drive Access on N.C. 12 Wednesday, November 14, 2012

RALEIGH – High winds and overwash along N.C. 12 in Dare County are causing intermittent closures to four-wheel drive access on Pea Island. These closures often occur with very little advanced notice due to rapidly changing weather conditions. When a closure happens, NCDOT waits for conditions to improve before reopening the route to ensure motorist safety.

Based on current conditions, the route may only be open during low tide. To find out the status of the route, call 511, visit our travel information webpage, or follow NCDOT on Twitter or Facebook.

When weather conditions are not causing closures, the four-wheel drive route is scheduled to be open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Because of hazardous driving conditions, Dare County first responders will escort drivers before dawn and after dusk when the road is accessible to traffic.

Drivers of four-wheel drive vehicles should expect a rough ride, which will include traveling over sand, damaged pavement and some water. On the sandy portions of the route, they will follow lane markers comprised of barrels, cones and/or flags.

NCDOT asks motorists to follow these important safety measures on the four-wheel drive access:
  • Only drive four-wheel drive vehicles with a high ground clearance. Cross-over four-wheel drive vehicles that are lower to the ground may get stuck in the rugged terrain;
  • If you drive at night, use extreme caution. There will be no lights staged along the route, so your vehicle’s headlights will offer the only way for you to see;
  • Drive slowly;  
  • Pay close attention to the temporary traffic signals; and
  • All four-wheel drive vehicles are encouraged to lower tire pressure to minimize the chances of becoming stuck.

More information on N.C. 12 recovery efforts is available on our N.C. 12 webpage.

For the latest details on the emergency ferry route, as well as schedules for our regular ferry routes, call 1-800-BY-FERRY and press 1, or visit the NCDOT Ferry page.  Dare County has also stationed live webcams at Rodanthe and Stumpy Point. The cameras cannot show priority order, but they can offer a real-time look at the amount of traffic waiting to ride the emergency ferry route.


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