December 11, 2012
Crews continue to make progress on Highway 12 at S-curves
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the weekend, North Carolina Department of Transportation crews
continued working on the temporary solution to reconnect all traffic on
Hatteras Island to points north of Mirlo Beach in Rodanthe.
Friday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 9, crews filled and placed
approximately 160 sandbags along a 0.4-mile section of Highway 12 at
the S-curves just north of Rodanthe.
As of Sunday evening, crews
had placed 456 of the 1,800 sandbags needed to create a protective
barrier between the ocean and the road. Once all of the sandbags are in
place, crews will rebuild the dunes on top of the sandbags.
brought in 495 truckloads of sand from the sand pit in Avon to fill
sandbags, build up the dunes, and assist with rebuilding the roadway.
addition, crews installed survey stakes in the roadbed in preparation
for grading, prior to repaving. All sections of damaged pavement were
removed over the weekend. After sandbags are installed at the most
heavily damaged parts of the highway, crews will begin rebuilding the
road where it was located before the series of storms hit.
work is heavily dependent on the weather and tidal conditions. And
forecasts are for stiff northeast winds and higher seas on Wednesday
Crews hope to open the newly paved lanes of
Highway 12 to all traffic on or by Dec. 25. Until then,
four-wheel-drive vehicles must continue to pass through checkpoints at
the temporary bridge on Pea Island and at Mirlo Beach to travel between
Hatteras Island and the mainland.
More information on Highway
12 recovery efforts is available on DOT’s N.C. 12 Recovery
webpage and N.C. 12 Facebook page. For the latest details on the
emergency ferry route, as well as schedules for our regular ferry
routes, call 1-800-BY-FERRY and press 1, or visit the NCDOT Ferry page.
In addition, a new webpage that showcases projects along
N.C. 12 from the replacement of the Bonner Bridge to short and
long-term solutions for the breaches caused by Hurricane Irene last
year is now live at http://www.ncdot.gov/nc12/.
INFORMATION ON HATTERAS ISLAND ACCESS
Four-wheel-drive route information
four-wheel drives vehicles are permitted on the route. There are
checkpoints south of the temporary bridge at Pea Island Inlet and in
Mirlo Beach in Rodanthe.
The route is restricted to vehicles with
payloads less than one ton -- basically vehicles no larger than a Ford
F350 or a Chevrolet/Dodge 3500. Vehicles towing trailers also are not
permitted to use the route.
The route is open from 5 a.m. until
10 p.m. daily. Before dawn and after dusk, a Dare County
Sheriff’s Office pilot car leads the traffic through the area.
NCDOT asks motorists to follow these important safety measures on the four-wheel drive access:
Emergency ferry schedule
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 and
- All four-wheel drive vehicles are encouraged to lower tire pressure to minimize the chances of becoming stuck.
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 waits have been long at times on
the emergency ferry, which takes at least two hours to cross the sound.
You are advised to arrive early and be patient. You might also consider
bringing water, coffee, soft drinks, and snacks.
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 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4, 6 and 10 p.m.
- Departing Rodanthe at 7 a.m., 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m.
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
Access to Hatteras is also available via sound ferries from the mainland to Ocracoke and then on the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry.
The ferries from Swan Quarter and Cedar Island require a reservation.
The Swan Quarter-Ocracoke winter schedule is:
The Cedar Island-Ocracoke winter schedule is:
- Departing Swan Quarter at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and
- Departing Ocracoke at 7 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
- Departing Cedar Island at 7 am., 10 and 4 p.m.; and
- Departing Ocracoke at 7:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4.
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.
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