THE GAPS: DOT Highway 12 update
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remains closed through Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on Hatteras
because of damage caused by Hurricane Irene last month, the
Carolina Department of Transportation continues to make progress to fix
the breaches and areas of overwash on the road to improve and reopen
Since efforts began to fill breached areas on Monday, Sept. 5, crews
have moved 1,500 truckloads of sand from Avon to Rodanthe and Pea
Over the weekend on Rodanthe, crews removed broken asphalt from road
washouts and backfilled them with sand. Sand stockpiles were
established at the south end of the Pea Island breach, called New New
Inlet by many.
Crews continued grading and stockpiling sand at the sand pit site in
Avon, while also performing clean up and maintenance on equipment that
was damaged due to the saltwater from the waves from Hurricane Katia,
which passed offshore last week.
At the temporary bridge location on Pea Island, crews continued
installing sheet pile at the north end. The sheet pile is used to
protect the end of the bridge and the roadway as it connects to the
The pile template for the interior piles was completed, installed and
inspected. Five truckloads of the temporary bridge were delivered,
along with two loads of H-shaped piling (support pilings for the end of
the bridge), two pile-driving hammers, small work barges, and a tug
Crews continue to pre-assemble and sort temporary bridge components.
Surveying for the bridge and grading for the roadway as it approaches
the bridge continue.
Temporary Bridge Facts:
• Piling: 11 piles driven out of 82 total piles.
• Sheet Piling Bulkhead: 178 linear feet out of 1,096 total linear
NCDOT estimates that the roadway could be fully reopened sometime in
early October depending on weather conditions between now and then.
In an effort to keep residents and motorists informed about N.C. 12,
NCDOT has launched a Highway12 recovery website
and twitter feed. To see more photos
of the work,
please see NCDOT’s Flickr page.
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