February 21, 2013

DOT schedules public meetings for
long-term solutions at Pea Island Inlet

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will hold a series of public meetings in March to discuss the long-term solution for the section of Highway 12 on Pea Island breached by Hurricane Irene in 2011.
NCDOT has recently released a document called an Environmental Assessment, which identifies the preferred alternative as the permanent bridge within the existing easement. It would be built where the temporary bridge on Highway 12 now stands.
NCDOT will host three informal public meetings to discuss the project at several locations along the Outer Banks:

Monday, March 11, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Dare County Administration Building, Room 168
954 Marshall Collins Drive, Manteo
Tuesday, March 12, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center
23186 Myrna Peters Road, Rodanthe
Wednesday, March 13, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Ocracoke Community Center
1009 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
Citizens can drop in at any time during the scheduled timeframes to look at maps and ask NCDOT staff questions about the project. The public is urged to share their thoughts, ideas and suggestions. Written comments are encouraged and will be accepted through March 28.
For those who cannot attend in person, NCDOT will field questions and comments via the N.C. 12 Facebook page (www.facebook.com/NCDOT) and N.C. 12 Twitter account (https://twitter.com/ncdot_nc12) during the hours of the Manteo and Rodanthe meetings.
The Environmental Assessment and project maps are available for public review online at www.ncdot.gov/projects/bonnerbridgephase2/, as well as at the following locations:

Dare County Planning and Inspections Satellite Office
49815 N.C. 12, Buxton;

NCDOT Resident Engineer’s Office
349 Waterplant Road, Unit B, Manteo;

Dare County Library
700 U.S. 64/264, Manteo;

Dare County Library
57709 N.C. 12, Hatteras;

Dare County Library
400 Mustian St., Kill Devil Hills;

Fessenden Recreation Center
46830 N.C. 12, Buxton; and

Ocracoke School and Community Library
225 Back Road, Ocracoke.
For additional information, citizens can call the project’s toll-free number at 1-866-803-0529 or contact Drew Joyner, P.E., NCDOT-Human Environment Section at 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1598, by phone at (919) 707-6077 or by email at [email protected].
NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to participate in these meetings. Anyone requiring special services should contact Joyner as early as possible, so arrangements can be made.
For persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, interpretive services will be available at the meeting upon request. For more information, please call 1-800-481-6494 prior to the meeting.

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