North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded two of three
contracts to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy on Highway 12 on
Hatteras Island and is making progress clearing sand from roads along
the Outer Banks.
DOT is also making plans to open a four-wheel-drive route between Rodanthe and the Bonner Bridge.
Hatteras Island is accessible only by ferry – the emergency ferries
from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe and the sound ferries to Ocracoke and
then the Hatteras Inlet ferry to Hatteras Island.
impending northeaster is not preventing the department from moving
forward with awarding contracts to repair the damage caused by
NCDOT awarded an $893,297 contract yesterday
to RPC Contracting to reconstruct the pavement, repair sandbags, and
construct a dune in Kitty Hawk, as well as repair the pavement on
Highway 12 approaching the temporary bridge on Pea Island.
department has also awarded an $186,293 contract to Carolina Bridge Co.
to repair the tension cables on the bridge deck of the Bonner Bridge.
Work began on Monday, Nov. 5.
Also, NCDOT is working to
provide four-wheel drive access from south of the Bonner Bridge to
Rodanthe. Once a safe route is in place, crews will open one lane of
the Bonner Bridge for four-wheel-drive-only to access Rodanthe and
communities to the south via the bridge and Highway 12.
Rodanthe, Barnhill Contracting Co. is mobilizing crews and equipment to
begin work as soon as a contract is finalized. Work will include
reconstructing the roadway and dunes and rebuilding the sandbags. It is
scheduled to start in the next few days.
Completion of the repair work depends heavily on the effects of the northeaster.
the National Weather Service in Newport, N.C., is predicting only minor
effects from the coastal low which will move east of North Carolina
tonight and strengthen as it pulls north along the coast tomorrow.
Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory until 7 p.m. on
Thursday along the Outer Banks. The forecast is for minor water level
rises of 1 to 2 feet on the oceanfront with gusty northeast winds
tonight and water level rises of 1 to 2 feet along the soundside on
Ocracoke and southern Hatteras as the winds turn more north and
The forecast is for rainy, windy weather through tomorrow.
also advises that as the storm passes, ferry service may also be
disrupted because of changing water levels or high winds. NCDOT will
provide an update tomorrow afternoon on any impacts from the storm.
will have a more specific timetable for completion of the highway and
the four-wheel-drive access after the storm passes and crews can
evaluate any damage.
Additional equipment and personnel
are making good progress clearing sand from the roadway. As of
this morning, crews had cleared 75 percent of the sand from the
roadway. In preparation for reconstructing the dunes, 30 percent of the
sand has been moved into place. NCDOT employees have been working
extended hours over the past week to do this work.
DOT Ferry Division will continue to offer extra departures from each
side on its Swan Quarter-Ocracoke route this weekend, Nov. 9 through
Nov. 11, to accommodate traffic demand. The extra weekend runs will
continue until Highway 12 reopens north of Rodanthe and the emergency
ferry route is deactivated.
The additional departures for weekends (Friday-Sunday) include:
- Departing Swan Quarter at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.
- Departing Ocracoke at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
As a reminder, the regular fall schedule on the Pamlico Sound for Monday through Thursday is:
- Departing Cedar Island and Ocracoke at 7:30 a.m., 10, 1 p.m. and 4;
- Departing Swan Quarter at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.;
- Departing Ocracoke to Swan Quarter at 7 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
reservations can be made online at www.ncferry.org or by calling
800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and pressing 2. Ferry information is available
via Twitter at www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.
department urges motorists to “know before you go” about traffic
conditions along the Outer Banks. For real-time travel information at
any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on
Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter/.
option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website.
To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone
and bookmark it for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with
the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.
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