crews are busy moving sand on Pea Island
Carolina Department of Transportation crews have been busy on Pea
Island since last week both repairing damage to dunes caused by last
week's northeaster and building a dune berm to reduce ocean overwash on
Highway 12 at the temporary bridge at the inlet, opened by Hurricane
Irene in 2011.
to division maintenance engineer, Sterling Baker, the heavy seas from a
coastal storm that pounded Hatteras Island from Dec. 7-9 caused roughly
five breaches in the dune line on Pea Island. The ocean also
over the top of the dunes in another two to three areas.
of the breaches were over 500 feet in width," said Baker, "but they
allowed an appreciable amount of overwash to flood the road and wash
out the shoulders in several locations."
NCDOT crews are scraping the sand off the road and pushing the dunes
back into place.
delays have been reported to be minimal, and the work is expected to be
completed this week.
the communications blackout on Hatteras Island that lasted about seven
hours on Monday, Dec. 8, was caused when a fiber-optic cable was cut by
Lee Electrical, a contractor for the Cape Hatteras Electric
Cooperative. The outage took down all Internet and cell phone service
on the island and some land telephone lines, especially in Frisco.
Flythe, general manager of CHEC, said that the contractor was working
to replace a transmission pole on Pea Island. The cable, she
said, was located only three inches from the pole, and Century Link is
not charging the electric cooperative or the contractor for the repairs.
and crews for Barnhill Contracting are also working at the temporary
bridge on Pea Island to build dunes north and south of Highway 12 to
protect the road from overwash.
minor storms this fall have caused the ocean to overwash the highway in
the area, especially south of the bridge. Even though traffic
times has been reduced to one lane, vehicles were still having to
travel through deep standing saltwater.
said the new dunes will be about 900 feet in length north of the bridge
and 550 feet south of it. They will be about 25 feet wide at
base and 10 feet high.
The sand is
being mined, he said, from the terminal groin on northern Hatteras
Island at Oregon Inlet.
should be completed in late January.
said the recently completed beach nourishment at the S-curves
in northern Rodanthe held up well in the storm.
did lose some beach in areas," he said, "but the initial design
accounts for some routine loss, especially in the first few months
following the completion of the initial work. We do not have
quantitative amount of loss, but we did have some loss which was
DOT also announced last week that contracts have been awarded for two
maintenance projects on the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge.
each project will begin in early 2015, and both projects are scheduled
to be complete by mid- June.
$331,250 contract was awarded to Precon Marine Inc. of Chesapeake, Va.,
for repairs to concrete along the underside of the bridge deck. This
work involves removing loose or deteriorated concrete and replacing it
with shotcrete -- a form of concrete that is projected or “shot” onto a
repairs will be made at approximately 249 locations identified as
priority areas during the most recent regular two-year inspection of
the bridge in May of this year.
$889,401 contract was awarded to Smith-Rowe LLC of Mount Airy, N.C.,
for repairs to the steel crutch bents currently in place from bent 108
through 114. These steel crutch bents were installed in 1989, and after
years of being exposed to the elements, need to be replaced, DOT
will involve removing the upper portion of each steel crutch bent from
under the bridge deck to just below the water surface. New steel crutch
bents will then be bolted into place.
bridge will remain open to traffic during these projects with only a
single lane closure in place. Both directions of traffic will be guided
through the work site with either flagmen or automated traffic control
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.
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