U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project to nourish the beach at the
S-curves along Highway 12 and in north Rodanthe is now about one-third
complete, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
About 500,000 cubic yards of sand has been pumped.
swells this week hampered work to install a second pipeline that will
be used by the Dredge Alaska when it arrives on the site. The Alaska
was expected to arrive by today, but it is now expected to be Aug.
23-25 before it joins the dredge now working in the area.
work started on the north end of the project area and is working south
toward Mirlo Beach. Areas of the beach will be closed to the
public when the sand is being pumped onto them.
Army Corps of Engineers awarded the $20.3 million contract in early
July to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., LLC of Oak Brook, Ill. for
the beach nourishment project Island to protect this vulnerable stretch
of Highway 12. The Corps of Engineers is administering the contract for
the N.C. Department of Transportation.
The company expects to complete the project in mid-September, weather permitting.
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 Sandy and
Irene, resulted in severe beach erosion along the road in Dare
is considering two bridge alternatives as long-term solutions for
maintaining the highway. They include a 2.3-mile bridge within the
existing easement of Highway 12, 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 agency
is still saying that a preferred alternative will be selected later
this summer, with a contract awarded in the fall or early winter of
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 N.C. 12 Twitter account.