North Carolina Department of Transportation met on Thursday, Dec. 15,
with representatives of state and federal agencies to discuss which
design options NCDOT should continue to study as viable, long-term
solutions for the Highway 12 breaches on Pea Island and in Rodanthe.
narrows options for long-term Highway 12 repair
The group, called the Merger Team, reached a general consensus to
narrow down the options at both breaches.
are laws and regulations associated with some of the options that we
are not likely to be able to meet,” said NCDOT Chief Operating Officer
Jim Trogdon. “By focusing our efforts on the most realistic options, we
can more efficiently develop long-term fixes for N.C. 12 that will
provide a reliable way for people to get to jobs and education.”
the Pea Island breach, the general consensus reached by the Merger Team
includes eliminating the beach nourishment option, as well as the
options to build a new road or bridge west of where Highway 12 is
currently located. The remaining option would allow NCDOT to build a
bridge where the road now sits.
At the Rodanthe breach,
the Merger Team generally agreed to eliminate the beach nourishment
option. The remaining options include building a bridge within the
easement and building a bridge that would extend into the Pamlico Sound.
also agreed to work on another potential option suggested by
representatives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. At this time,
the idea, which involves bridging from north of the Pea Island breach
through the Pamlico Sound to Rodanthe, is conceptual in nature, and
NCDOT will meet with USFWS in the coming days to more concretely map it
The Merger Team must sign a form officially
agreeing to narrow the existing options and allow for the inclusion of
any new options before the process can go forward. The group expects
that to happen within the coming weeks.
For more information about NCDOT’s efforts to fix the breaches, visit www.ncdot.org/travel/nc12recovery,
follow the Highway 12 Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/NCDOT_NC12
or go to the Repairing N.C. 12 blog at http://nc12repairs.blogspot.com/.