Four-Wheel Drive Route along N.C. 12 in Dare County Closed Thursday Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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, weather permitting.

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

(Editor’s note: To view images of hurricane recovery efforts along the Outer Banks, visit the NCDOT Flickr page at


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