devastating effects of Hurricane Irene crippled travel on Hatteras
Island, the ocean has finally calmed down and crews are happy about the
favorable weather conditions.
All road work south of the New New Inlet on Pea Island was suspended
Thursday night as heavy ocean swells driven by Hurricane Katia made the
temporary sand road across Mirlo Inlet in northern Rodanthe
Dozens of people who have been working nearly around the clock to
repair the only road on and off Hatteras Island, took the
opportunity to rest from the work which began five days ago with
reconstruction efforts running all day and well into each night.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation arrived back on the
scene at Mirlo Beach on Friday morning around 6 a.m. to assess the
damage after two high tides on Thursday.
Work began to re-establish the single lane sand road and reset the
wooden walk mats used to support the weight of the heavy
machinery. The area east of the temporary road was backfilled
the large sandbags which were reset just before the waves from
Hurricane Katia barraged the coastline.
It took less than four hours to repair and widen the path across Mirlo
By 10:00 a.m., the parade of dump trucks lined up in Avon behind the
Food Lion to get sand and truck it north. The first
were used to increase the width of the road across Mirlo Inlet to a
double lane and to shore up the area in general.
Once the sand road across the inlet was repaired and widened on Friday,
dump trucks started transporting tons of sand to the damaged area on
Pea Island. Trucks are dumping sand to make a road to meet
temporary Mabey bridge which will span the inlet in a few
The non-useable and broken asphalt is loaded into the empty dump trucks
and taken back to Avon. Removal of the old asphalt is part of
Barnhill Contracting’s agreement with NCDOT.
Work continues quickly on the north side of New New Inlet as heavy
pilings and metal plates are pounded into the ground to ready the area
for the modular bridge which will be assembled on that side of the
inlet. Parts of the bridge have already arrived to the
Tropical Storm Maria is expected to pass well offshore of the Outer
Banks. The storm is weaker than Katia and is not expected to
up the seas as high.
Note: On the ground photos were taken on Friday, Sept. 9, at
Mirlo Inlet just north of Rodanthe, and at New New Inlet on Pea
Island. The cranes and other heavy equipment on the north
New New Inlet are working on the temporary bridge. The aerial
photographs of Mirlo and New New inlets were taken Saturday, Sept. 10.)
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