November 9, 2012
DOT is ready to open Highway 12 to
four-wheel drives on Saturday
North Carolina Department of Transportation prepared today to open
Highway 12 on Pea Island to four-wheel-drive access by noon on
Saturday, Nov. 10.
The route will offer one lane in each
direction, except at the temporary bridge and the Bonner Bridge, where
the route will narrow to a single lane for vehicles traveling in both
directions. The department will place temporary traffic signals at each
bridge to regulate traffic flow safely.
four-wheel-drive vehicles should expect a rough ride, which will
include traveling over sand, damaged pavement, and some water. On the
sandy portions of the route, they will follow makeshift lane markers
comprised of barrels, cones and flags connected with orange protective
When the four-wheel drive route opens tomorrow, NCDOT asks motorists to follow these important safety measures:
drive four-wheel-drive vehicles with a high ground clearance.
Cross-over four-wheel drive vehicles that are lower to the ground may
get stuck in the rugged terrain.
you drive at night, use extreme caution. There will be no lights staged
along the route, so your vehicle’s headlights will offer the only way
for you to see.
- Drive slowly.
- Pay close attention to the temporary traffic signals.
will close the four-wheel drive route from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the
first few days to ensure motorist safety during the overnight hours.
Once crews open both lanes of the temporary bridge, the department will
allow four-wheel drive traffic 24 hours per day.
addition, NCDOT has awarded the third of three contracts to repair
damage from Hurricane Sandy on Highway 12 in Dare County, and is making
progress clearing sand from roads along the Outer Banks.
awarded Barnhill Contracting Co. a $4.1 million contract to reconstruct
dunes, rebuild the sandbags, and repair the roadway at the S-curves
near Rodanthe. Crews are already stockpiling sand in Avon and hauling
it to the damaged area near Mirlo Beach.
In Kitty Hawk,
crews are continuing to move and place sand along the oceanside of the
highway to rebuild the dune that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. On
Pea Island, NCDOT is clearing sand pushed by this week’s northeaster
onto N.C. 12 north of the temporary bridge and waiting for high water
from the storm to recede south of the temporary bridge, so repairs can
The 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/.
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