N.C. 12 to reopen to motorists on Hatteras, Ocracoke Islands at noon

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N.C. Highway 12 covered in sand on Tuesday morning.

RODANTHE, N.C. (WNCT) The N.C. Department of Transportation will reopen two sections of N.C. 12 on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands at noon, Thursday, September 24.

The sections, from the Marc Basnight Bridge to Rodanthe on Hatteras and from the National Park Service Pony Pens to the Ferry Terminal on Ocracoke, were closed Sunday night due to ocean overwash caused by a combination of seasonal high tides, strong northeast winds, and long-form ocean waves from Hurricane Teddy.

N.C. 12 motorists are advised to drive with extreme caution on both Hatteras and Ocracoke, as sand and saltwater remain on the road in several locations.

NCDOT crews will also be on the highway to continue clearing the road and shoring up dune lines. Lane closures may be in effect in some sections.

Ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke will resume today with departures from Hatteras at noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m., and midnight, and departures from Ocracoke at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

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RODANTHE, N.C. (WNCT) Due to continuing ocean overwash from recent high tide cycles on the Outer Banks, the N.C. Department of Transportation will be unable to reopen two closed sections of N.C. Highway 12 until Wednesday afternoon.

The sections, which have been closed since Sunday night, are between the Marc Basnight Bridge and Rodanthe on Hatteras Island, and between the National Park Service Pony Pens and N.C. Ferry Terminal on Ocracoke Island.

Crews in both locations are working to remove several feet of sand from the roadway, caused by seasonal high tides, strong northeast winds, and long-form waves from Hurricane Teddy.

NCDOT is now projecting reopening in both locations to occur tomorrow at 2 p.m. Ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke will resume once the road is reopened on Ocracoke.

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