THE GAP: Asphalt is underway and
pilings completed for Highway 12 repair
continues on repairs to Highway 12, which was breached in several
places on northern Hatteras Island by storm tides from Hurricane Irene.
The highway remains closed at the Bonner Bridge, while the North
Carolina Department of Transportation and its contractors install a
temporary bridge in Pea Island, repair the roadbed, and shore up the
S-curves at Rodanthe.
Work has moved along quickly in cooler, drier weather over the weekend,
and the highway is getting tantalizingly close to re-opening.
NCDOT now estimates that the roadway could be fully reopened
early to mid-October, depending on weather conditions between now and
Much of the remaining work is very weather dependent, but the forecast
is for cooler and drier weather all week.
At the Rodanthe breach area, crews finished fine grading the road bed
and paving the first layer of asphalt on the southbound lane at the
S-curves. The first layer of asphalt base for the northbound lane at
the S-curves was also completed. Crews began fine grading the roadbed
and placing the first layer of asphalt base at the south end of New New
Inlet on Pea Island. All of the sandbags were installed at the S-curves.
At the temporary bridge location on Pea Island, crews finished
assembling the remaining 59 feet of bridge truss. On Sunday afternoon,
the bridge truss was launched to the south end of the breach to
completely span the opening. Hydraulic jacks were set up to lift the
bridge truss to allow removal of the temporary roller bearing supports.
The truss will then be lowered into position on the concrete footings.
Crews still need to install bridge bearing supports, lower and anchor
the bridge in place, and install deck panels.
However the following items are complete at the temporary bridge
• Piling: all 82 piles driven.
• Sheet Piling Bulkhead: all 726 linear feet installed.
• Concrete Footings: all 12 footings poured.
• Bridge Truss Spans: all 662 linear feet placed.
In an effort to keep residents and motorists informed about Highway 12,
NCDOT has launched an N.C. 12 recovery website
(www.ncdot.gov/travel/nc12recovery) and twitter feed, and a
see photos of the work, please visit NCDOT’s Flickr page.
shows: The photos on the ground were taken Friday afternoon,
Sept, 30, at both the S-curves in northern Rodanthe and at the site of
the temporary bridge at New New Inlet. The aerials were shot this
morning, Oct. 3. The aerial photograph near the end of the
show is of the piles of trash and debris collected on the island and
being stashed at the National Park Service’s Salvo Day Use Area, just
south of the tri-villages.)
MORE ISLAND FREE PRESS COVERAGE ON REPAIRING THE GAPS:
BRIDGING THE GAPS: Storms slow work a bit,
BRIDGING THE GAPS DOT - Update On Highway12
BRIDGING THE GAPS: Mother Nature is not
with repair efforts on Highway 12 ...WITH SLIDE SHOW
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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