RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to
close the four-wheel drive route along N.C. 12 on Pea Island on Thursday, Dec.
6, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The closure will allow crews to conduct maintenance work
on the route and take steps to rebuild the highway damaged by Hurricane Sandy
and two Nor’easters.
The four-wheel drive route will remain open tomorrow from 5
a.m.-9 a.m. and 4 p.m.-10 p.m., weather permitting. Motorists wanting to travel
from Hatteras Island to the mainland during the closure period can take the
emergency ferry route between Rodanthe and Stumpy Point. The NCDOT Ferry Division anticipates heavier
traffic on the emergency ferry tomorrow and encourages drivers to arrive early
to expedite the boarding process.
During the closure, heavy equipment will level the sand in
the areas where tires are creating ruts along the four-wheel drive route,
resulting in a safer, more stable ride.
They will also remove damaged pavement and perform grading
work at the points where the four-wheel drive route connects to N.C. 12, which
are Mirlo Beach and about 0.4 miles north of the S-Curves. This is part of the
work necessary to rebuild and reopen N.C. 12 to all traffic on or by Dec. 25,
More information on
N.C. 12 recovery efforts is available on our N.C. 12 Recovery webpage
and N.C. 12 Facebook page. 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.
In addition, a new
webpage that showcases projects along N.C. 12 from the replacement of the
Bonner Bridge to long-term solutions for the breaches caused by Hurricane Irene
is now live at www.ncdot.gov/nc12/.
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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