Comments from the
Judge on Highway 12 and re-entry
Warren Judge is chairman of the Dare County Board of
Commissioners. He will be periodically sharing his thoughts
some information on the process of recovering from Hurricane
Irene. You can e-mail him at [email protected])
Today, I want to share information
as I know it on
access on Pea Island
Jim Trogdon, who is the Chief Operating Officer for NCDOT,
the plan for the repairs to the road to Hatteras Island.
On Friday, Sept. 2, NCDOT hired a contractor to begin the
to Highway 12 at Mirlo Beach. This project will be a
haul-and-fill with a dune line and a paved road. The sand
hauled out of Avon. This work is to begin immediately.
The more northern breach at the USFWS buildings will
a temporary bridge. NCDOT has contracted
with Mabey Bridge Company to furnish a 600-foot
As Trogdon explained to me yesterday, the bridge was being put into
containers for shipment to Dare County to begin immediate construction
upon arrival. Both of these repairs are temporary
expectation of completion within 30 days. The cost of these repairs
will be FEMA reimbursable.
As these repairs are underway, NCDOT will be working
permanent repair at both locations. Trogdon said that
he expects NCDOT to be under construction
permanent repair within six months and the permanent
will be completed within two years.
Again, because these projects were caused by a hurricane and will be
completed in the two-year window of time, FEMA will reimburse
NCDOT. These projects will not affect funding
to Division One projects, state projects, or
the replacement of the
current re-entry plan for residents who evacuated is published on the
home page at www.darenc.com
Tomorrow, we begin the process of bringing
of our people who evacuated before the storm. It is our wish that all
will go better than expected tomorrow, and we hope we can speed up the
Once all our residents are home, we need to
all non-resident property owners home to the island. We
appreciate and understand the important role that our property owners
play in Dare County. Many of you spend extended periods of
on the island and have become part of the fabric of our
community. I know you are anxious and concerned, and I share
with you. Please be patient and understanding that we want to get our
residents back home so they can begin to put normalcy back in their
owners, employees, service providers, and insurance adjusters
are critical to getting on with our lives, and plans are underway
to expedite your re-entry.
our visitors, we know how valuable you are to us, and we thank you for
your years of returning again and again to Hatteras Island.
Please understand we need to put ourselves back together and
our residents prepare themselves so they can begin to bring the culture
and commerce of the island back to life and we can welcome you
with open arms and be ready to serve
you. Visit www.darenc.com
the latest information.
can tell you today that visitor re-entry will not begin until a future
date, sometime after Sept. 17.