Cape Hatteras National Seashore will offer a temporary route for
off-road vehicles on the weekend of Feb. 28, as a detour to a North
Carolina Dept. of Transportation culvert replacement project and
temporary closure Highway 12 in the village of Frisco.
Friday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. through Monday, March 3, at 6 a.m., the
NCDOT will replace a culvert pipe that extends across both lanes of the
highway, located just south of Timber Trail where Highway 12 will be
closed to through traffic. The culvert replacement is being done
during the slower visitation season and before another resurfacing
project on the road takes place later this spring in the village of
If construction is completed earlier than expected, and as soon as NC 12 reopens, the temporary route will be discontinued.
vehicles will be allowed to access seashore beaches at Ramp 45 (near
Lighthouse Road and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton) and Ramp 49
(near Billy Mitchell Airport in Frisco), to detour through the park for
a distance of approximately 8.6 miles total. Approximately 3.5 miles
are paved roads and 5.1 miles are over-sand routes.
sand route is open to four-wheel drive vehicles only. Within the
temporary, designated detour route, through traffic will not be
required to possess the park’s ORV permit. Within the designated
ORV section (roughly 3 miles in length), vehicles stopping to
participate in recreational activities will be required to have an ORV
permit and in the pedestrian only section (approximately 2.1 miles in
length) no vehicles should be parked on the beach. The posted
through traffic lane is the only authorized use in the pedestrian only
Motorists may encounter temporary traffic delays of
up to 20 minutes while sections of the north and southbound lanes of
the over-sand routes are deemed passable for two-way traffic. The
speed limits on the ramps and beach routes is 15 mph, so plan
accordingly for extra time and closures may occur due to unexpected
weather events and high tides.
NCDOT will sign the detour route appropriately with assistance from National Park Service Park Rangers.
County is also planning with DOT to construct a pedestrian walkway
around the detour. County buses and a parking area will be
provided, so people can park on one side and be delivered to their
destinations by bus.
Details are still being worked out
CLICK HERE TO VIEW MAP OF DETOUR