March 1, 2014
Highway 12 in Frisco reopens
to through traffic
By IRENE NOLAN
24 hours after it closed for the North Carolina Department of
Transportation to repair a culvert at Peter’s Ditch in Frisco, Highway
12 reopened to through traffic just after dark this evening.
As had been planned, the highway was shut down at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, to start work on the culvert repair.
and the contractor had until 6 a.m. Monday to complete the repair, but
all involved hustled to get equipment staged and the work done.
was no highway detour around the closure, though the National Park
Service provided a four-wheel drive detour on the beach from Ramps 43
and 45 in Buxton to Ramp 45 in Frisco.
In addition, Dare County
provided a shuttle service from Cape Hatteras Secondary School and the
Frisco Bath House to the construction site. Riders could walk
across a pedestrian bridge over the ditch and catch another shuttle on
the other side.
By all reports, the shuttle was used on Saturday, though very lightly.
County Emergency Medical Services had an emergency call in Frisco below
the closure on Saturday morning and had a crew staged at the Frisco
Volunteer Fire Department. That crew transported a patient by ambulance
to the south end of the closure. There, EMS and Hatteras Island
Rescue Personnel carried him in a transport chair over the footbridge
to a waiting ambulance on the north side to take him to OBX Hospital.
Volunteer Fire Department moved a ladder truck to Cape Hatteras Baptist
Church on the north side in case of a fire call. It, luckily, was
The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s “Shellabration", an oyster roast, went on as planned in Hatteras village.
Foster, who co-owns the Albatross Fleet, along with her husband Ernie,
said that organizers think that about 200 tickets were sold, despite
the highway closure.
Albatross Fleet, Midgett Realty, and Oden’s Dock, where the event was held, also sponsored the event.
think the adventure of getting here was part of the appeal,” said
Foster. “A lot of folks took the four-wheel drive beach detour.”
Foster added that there were a good number of out-of-state license plates in the dock parking lot.
with 20 bushels of roasted oysters, organizers prepared 50 pounds of
fried flounder, 11 quarts of chowder, and a bunch of corn bread – all
of which was consumed by the end of the afternoon.
covered Highway 12 over Peter’s Ditch with dump-truck loads of gravel
for now and will repair it with asphalt in a few weeks.