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,
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 www.ncdot.gov/nc12/.
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