The U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers On Friday, June 20, opened bids from contractors
for an N.C.
Department of Transportation
project to nourish the beach north of Rodanthe on Hatteras Island and
provide protection for a vulnerable stretch of Highway 12.
bids were received. The Army Corps will now review each bid to ensure
it meets all requirements, and it expects to award a contract by
mid-July. More information on the bids can be found online.
project is designed to provide several years of protection before a
long-term project is completed for the stretch of Highway 12 locally
known as the “S-curves” where storms, including hurricanes Irene
and Sandy, resulted in severe beach erosion along the road in Dare
include dredging sand from an identified sandbar in the Atlantic
Ocean to restore the beach protecting Highway 12 in the location
on this map.
Federal Highway Administration approved Hurricane Sandy emergency
relief funds to pay for this project.
this work is taking place, NCDOT is considering two bridge
alternatives as long-term
solutions for maintaining access
along Highway 12 to the communities of Hatteras Island. They include
a 2.3-mile bridge within the existing easement of the highway and a
2.6-mile bridge that extends into the Pamlico Sound.
held public meetings in January in Ocracoke, Rodanthe, Buxton and
Manteo to present the two alternatives and gather feedback. The
project is in the planning phase, and a preferred alternative is
expected to be selected this summer, with a contract awarded in the
fall or early winter of 2014.
is the second time the beach nourishment project has been advertised.
The project was previously advertised in December 2013. Bids were
opened in January. However, only one bid was received due to the
large amount of dredging work underway at the time in the northeast,
and it was not responsive to the advertisement. Therefore, a contract
could not be awarded.
addition to this project, NCDOT is also conducting feasibility
studies for projects to protect Highway 12 south of Rodanthe at
identified “hot spots” on southern Hatteras Island and Ocracoke
Island in Hyde County. The feasibility studies are expected to be
complete this fall. More information can be found on the N.C.
more information on NCDOT’s efforts to strengthen Highway 12 in the
Outer Banks, visit the N.C.
12 webpage, “like” the N.C.
12 Facebook page and follow the
12 Twitter account.