THE GAPS: DOT update on Highway 12 repairs
While Highway 12 south Oregon Inlet remains
because of damage caused by Hurricane Irene last month, the North
Carolina Department of Transportation continues to make progress fixing
the breaches and areas of overwash in order to improve and reopen the
At the Rodanthe breach area, crews continued constructing the sand
embankments at the S-curves for the roadway to have the correct shape
and slopes. Sandbag installation continues south of the Pea Island
breach, called by many locals the New New Inlet.
At the temporary bridge location on Pea Island, weather permitting,
crews will pour concrete into the formwork for the footings at bent 3.
Crews finished setting up the pile driving template at bent 2 and began
installing piles. Bents are substructures supporting each end of the
Because of the limited amount of work space on the south side of the
breach, crews need to coordinate crane and equipment movements with the
tide changes. During high tide, crews have less access in their work
Once the piles are installed for bent 2, the contractor will be able to
work from platforms and be less impacted by tidal changes.
Temporary Bridge facts:
Piling: 41 piles driven out of 82 total piles.
Sheet Piling Bulkhead: 558 linear feet out of 726 total linear feet.
Concrete Footings: 4 footings poured out of 12 total footings.
Bridge Truss Spans: 233 linear feet out of 662 total linear feet.
NCDOT estimates that the roadway could be fully reopened sometime in
early October, depending on weather conditions between now and then.
MORE ISLAND FREE PRESS COVERAGE ON REPAIRING THE GAPS:
update for Sept. 16
update for Sept. 13 WITH SLIDE SHOW
Weather is forecast for Highway 12 repair efforts (Sept. 10) WITH
seas from Katia suspend road work Thursday night (Sept. 9) WITH SLIDE
of temporary bridge arriving daily (Sept. 9) WITH VIDEO
on Highway 12 is going blazing fast (Sept. 8) WITH SLIDE
Highway 12 begins at Mirlo Beach (Sept. 6) WITH SLIDE SHOW
fix for Highway 12 may open road within a month (Sept. 2)
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