November 7, 2012
Northeaster sets back DOT progress on Highway 12
By IRENE NOLAN
northeaster overnight and today brought rain, wind, and flooding today
to parts of the Outer Banks already hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, and
likely caused additional damage along Highway 12 in Dare County,
according to a North Carolina Department of Transportation news release.
crews will begin fully assessing the damage from the latest storm
tomorrow morning. Once the assessment is complete, the department will
have a better idea of the extent of the damage the storm caused and how
it will affect the completion of the repairs already underway.
overwash has occurred in northern Rodanthe at Mirlo Beach. And
the department expects additional impacts from the northeaster at high
tide tonight and in the morning.
In Kitty Hawk, the northeaster
pushed sand and water onto Highway 12, which is locally known as the
Beach Road. Strong waves also carried away most of the sand that the
NCDOT crews spent days piling up along the beach road to rebuild the
dune that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
northeaster passed along the Outer Banks, crews continued to work on
Bonner Bridge, move sand in areas that were not impacted by overwash,
and repair the approaches to the temporary bridge.
continues to work to provide four-wheel drive access via Highway 12
between the Bonner Bridge and Rodanthe. Once a safe route is in place,
crews will open one lane of the Bonner Bridge for four-wheel-drive
vehicles only for travel to and from Hatteras Island.
Currently, the only access for residents and
visitors to Hatteras Island is by ferry – emergency ferry from Stumpy
Point to Rodanthe or Pamlico Sound ferries from Swan Quarter and Cedar
Island to Ocracoke and then another ferry trip from Ocracoke to
Ferry information is listed below.
Emergency ferry schedule
The emergency ferry is open to everyone, including visitors.
wishing to use the emergency route are reminded to expect waits and to
be patient, as priority status is still in effect. Repair and supply
trucks have priority at all times. Dare County residents have priority
Monday through Friday.
The Stumpy Point-Rodanthe schedule is:
information is available by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and
pressing 1, or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.
- Departing Stumpy Point at 5 a.m., 6:30, 8, 9:30, 11, 12:30 p.m., 2, 3:30, 5 and 9:30.
- Departing Rodanthe at 6 a.m., 7:30, 9, 10:30, noon, 1:30 p.m., 3, 4:30, 6 and 7:30.
to the Stumpy Point Emergency Ferry Dock at 100 Log Storage Road, off
Highway 264: Take Highway 64 to Highway 264. Follow Highway
264 approximately 13 miles past the entrance to the village of Stumpy
Point. Signs for emergency ferry service are posted to ferry
entrance that will be on your left.
Directions to the
Rodanthe Emergency Ferry Dock at 23170 Myrna Peters Road,
Rodanthe: Turn west off Highway 12 onto Myrna Peters Road, which
is located just north of the Community Building in Rodanthe.
Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry schedule
Visitors can now enter Hatteras Island via the Hatteras Inlet ferry. The ferry is still running every two hours.
The Hatteras-Ocracoke schedule is
visitors wishing to come to Hatteras through Ocracoke, keep in mind
that travel from Cedar Island to Ocracoke and Swan Quarter to Ocracoke
requires a reservation by calling 1-800-293-3779.
- Departing Hatteras at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4, 6, 8, 10 and midnight; and
- Departing Ocracoke at 5 a.m., 7, 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.
Swan Quarter and Cedar Island ferries
For schedules and reservations on the ferries from the mainland to Ocracoke, go to the N.C. Ferry Division website at http://www.ncdot.gov/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/.
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
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