made on Monday, Sept. 5, in Rodanthe, as crews began to bridge one of
the gaps in Highway 12 caused by Hurricane Irene on Aug. 27.
Work began yesterday at 6 a.m. with all the heavy equipment necessary
to repair the road in place. All the dump trucks, bulldozers,
front-end loaders, hi-intensity generator powered lights, wooden walk
mats, and support vehicles were ferried over to Hatteras Island from
Stumpy Point and unloaded in Rodanthe. The ferry ride takes
Barnhill Contracting from Kitty Hawk received the contract to replace
this section of missing road, which is Hatteras Island’s only land
connection to the north. Currently, their crews are working
15 hours a day but are prepared to work around the clock.
Crews stopped working around 9 p.m. last night. During this
day of restoring the road, crews delivered about 300 dump truck loads
of sand from Avon, which is located about an half hour drive to the
Twenty-seven dump trucks drove the loop between Rodanthe and Avon
bringing about 6,000 cubic yards of sand to the storm-damaged area.
Natural shoaling has reduced the size and depth of the little inlet at
Mirlo Beach, and there is only a small amount of flowing ocean
water at high tide. The sand dunes, which were washed away
the storm, will be restored as part of this project.
There is still standing water on the west side of the missing road
which is stagnant and breeding an unbelievable number of
mosquitoes. DOT is considering draining this area, according
one Barnhill Contracting employee.
Still present is a significant amount of debris from the collapsed
house which fell into the ocean on Sept. 2.
The bigger road issue still exists to the north where an inlet
to flow freely between the ocean and the Pamlico Sound. This
grows larger everyday, and the swell from Hurricane Katia started to
hit the Hatteras coastline Monday afternoon. High seas and wave action
will only hasten the flow of ocean water through the new
A temporary bridge will be installed over the inlet until permanent
repairs to the road can be made.
The Dare County Sheriff’s Office asks that all sightseers to the area
stay totally clear of the road repair area. The dump trucks
constantly coming and going and are not looking for foot
They are using the short side road so the trucks can circle around
instead of stopping and backing up. Also, please use caution
walking up the beach because of the amount of dangerous debris created
by the collapse of the oceanfront house, Tailwinds. Also,
walk under the oceanfront homes because some have been marked by Dare
County as unsafe structures.
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