Four-Wheel Drive Route along N.C. 12 in Dare County Reopened Thursday, December 06, 2012

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has reopened the four-wheel drive route along N.C. 12 on Pea Island, following a six-hour closure Thursday for maintenance, pavement removal and grading. Access is now available from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

During the closure, heavy equipment was used to level the sand in areas where tires had created ruts along the four-wheel drive route, creating a smoother, safer ride. The route was established to allow four-wheel drive vehicles to travel through the area while contractors rebuild N.C. 12, which was heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy and two Nor’easters.

Workers on Thursday also removed damaged pavement and performed grading work at points where the four-wheel drive route connects to N.C. 12. One of those points is at Mirlo Beach; the other is about 0.4 miles north of the S-Curves. This work is part of the effort to reopen N.C. 12 to all traffic on or by Dec. 25, weather permitting.

The four-wheel drive route closed at 9 a.m. and reopened shortly after 3 p.m., about an hour ahead of schedule.

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

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