Stretch of N.C. 12 on Pea Island to reopen at noon today

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – N.C. 12 will reopen between the Marc Basnight Bridge and Rodanthe at noon today.

But motorists should drive slowly and stay alert as some water and sand remain on the road and maintenance crews are still working nearby to fortify damaged dunes. 

N.C. Department of Transportation crews has been working since last weekend to remove sand from N.C. 12.

A section of the road between the Basnight Bridge and Rodanthe closed Saturday afternoon due to the powerful storm that pounded the Outer Banks highway with ocean overwash and wind-blown sand.

NCDOT crews also inspected N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island and saw no additional structural damage.

However, the storm did cause some dune breaches on Ocracoke Island within the area still being repaired from Hurricane Dorian.

This will delay Friday’s scheduled reopening of the Ocracoke Island section of N.C. 12. Officials are still assessing the road to determine what repairs are needed to reopen the road.  

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – State transportation officials hope to reopen N.C. 12 between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe Wednesday if no additional damage is found.

The stretch of N.C. 12 on Hatteras Island has been closed since 5 p.m. Saturday.

A powerful storm washed out several dunes and blew sand and ocean overwash onto the road.

As of Tuesday morning, NCDOT officials said they have not seen any structural damage to the road and the road is no longer experiencing ocean overwash.

However, areas of N.C. 12 between Rodanthe and Oregon Inlet are still covered with standing water and sand.

NCDOT crews and contractors are continuing to clear sand and debris from the highway to make the road safe for travel.

NCDOT crews also inspected N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island Monday afternoon and saw no additional structural damage.

Transportation officials say the storm caused some dune breaches on Ocracoke Island within the area still being repaired from Hurricane Dorian.

This portion of N.C. 12 has remained closed since Dorian struck in early September.

Last weekend’s storm will delay this Friday’s scheduled reopening of the Ocracoke Island section of N.C. 12.

At this time, officials are still assessing the road to determine what repairs will be needed to enable the road to be reopened.  

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – N.C. 12 is still closed as sections of the Outer Banks road are covered with sand and water due to dune breaches and ocean overwash.

Conditions remain poor on N.C. 12 and ocean overwash is continuing to inundate the road with water.

N.C. Department of Transportation crews are assessing impacts and continuing to clear the road of sand caused by dune breaches between Rodanthe and Oregon Inlet.

Officials are not sure when it will be safe to reopen N.C. 12.

The last winds from this weekend’s strong storm are forecast to exit the coast later today.

NCDOT will continue to provide updates on N.C. 12 as new information is available.

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