UPDATE: Elevating Highway 12 at
temporary Pea Island bridge is underway
North Carolina Department of Transportation started a project this
morning -- Monday, Nov. 11 -- designed to reduce the possibility
of overwash and standing water on Highway 12 just north and south
of the temporary bridge on Pea Island.
project, which involves raising and leveling the elevation of the road,
is scheduled to be complete by the end of the month, weather
12 is banked north and south of the temporary bridge with the lower
side of the road on the oceanside. Occasional overwash has taken place
this fall and in previous years at this location near New Inlet.
Overwash historically has been the result of various factors, such as
off-shore storms raising wave heights, high tides and full moons,
pressure gradients and heavy rains.
ocean overwash is not a regular occurrence and has not resulted in any
recent closure of the highway, the department has had to shut down a
single lane of the road in the past in order for traffic to safely pass
through the area.
is working with Parsons Construction Group and its paving
subcontractor, RPC Contracting, to level the road surface and raise the
elevation of the road at this location up to 18 inches on the ocean
side (northbound lane) and six inches on the soundside (southbound
One lane of N.C. 12 will be closed while work is taking place. Flag crews will direct traffic through the site.
are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect
delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction
information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT
website or follow NCDOT on
Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT
website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of
your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference.