November 11, 2012
Highway 12 open for 4-wheel drive vehicles in daylight hours only
four-wheel-drive only access area of Highway 12
has reopened for daylight travel only, following an early
morning accident that killed one North Carolina Department of
Because safety is NCDOT's
top priority, Highway12 access will be closed to traffic at dark. The
area is remote, and current road conditions are more challenging to
navigate at night.
NCDOT is currently working with local
officials to develop options for traveling along this stretch of
Highway12 that will provide additional travel times. Until such options
have been developed and approved, Highway 12 will be open during the
daylight hours only for four-wheel-drive vehicles only. A
department spokesperson said this afternoon that the exact opening and
closing time for “dark” has not been determined yet
emergency four-wheel-drive access route was reopened to residents and
visitors for the first time since the storm Saturday afternoon. It
offers one lane in each direction, except at the temporary bridge and
the Bonner Bridge, where it narrows to a single lane for vehicles
traveling in both directions.
Before the accident, the highway was to be open from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m.
It was closed to all traffic early this morning after the accident, but reopened about 9 a.m.
Michael Brad Stevenson of Hertford was killed in the accident, which
happened sometime between 1 and 1:45 a.m. just south of Oregon Inlet,
on a section of Highway12 being repaired after Hurricane Sandy and the
The accident involved Stevenson and
one other NCDOT employee, who was injured. Both were
operating dump trucks. The North Carolina Highway Patrol is
“Our thoughts and prayers go out
to the Stevenson family during this extremely difficult time,” said
NCDOT Secretary Gene Conti. “The men and women who work to keep N.C.
12, and all of our highways, safe and open for travel are special
people. When something like this happens, it hits all of us in
the DOT family hard.”
Stevenson, a resident of Hertford,
N.C., was a transportation worker in Pasquotank County and had worked
for NCDOT for approximately 15 years. He is survived by his wife
and their three children.
“Brad had worked for the
department for over 15 years,” said Jerry Jennings, Division 1
engineer. “He was an excellent equipment operator and a very
loyal and dedicated employee – the kind of person everyone liked to
In an abundance of caution, NCDOT officials,
working with local authorities, have modified the hours that N.C. 12
will be open to four-wheel-drive vehicles.
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