March 5, 2018


N.C. Highway 12 Still Closed; Extreme
High Tides Expected for Monday



By JOY CRIST


Per the NCDOT, last night's high tide wiped out most of the progress that crews made yesterday at clearing N.C. Highway 12 from standing water and debris.

N.C. Highway 12 remains closed in between the Bonner Bridge and Rodanthe, as well as on Ocracoke Island between the Pony Pens and the Ferry Terminal.

High tides today, (at roughly 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.), will continue to affect the roadway, and there's no definitive timeline yet on when these sections will be cleared, however NCDOT hopes to reopen N.C. 12 between Rodanthe and the Bonner Bridge by 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

The NCDOT reports that, as of 5 a.m., conditions for N.C. 12 were as follows:
  • Bonner Bridge to Rodanthe - Still minor ocean overwash at this time with both lanes impassable. Sand and water both 3-3 feet deep. Crews worked all night with little progress, but NCDOT crews are continuing to work in this area, and are moving more loaders today for cleanup efforts.
  • “S” Curves – Overwash wiped out all progress, and deep sand and water is blocking the entire section. Yesterday, crews had this section clear of sand.
  • Rodanthe to Hatteras - Same or worse conditions as yesterday. Deep standing water in the Tri-Villages and in south Avon close to Ocean View Drive and the Food Lion plaza.
  • Ocracoke: N.C. 12 closed due to very high water more than a foot deep.
This morning's high tide comes at about 10 a.m. It is predicted to be nearly as bad as the one last night. Winds will continue to be gusty through Monday, but will taper off by early Tuesday morning.

Dare County Schools on Hatteras Island were closed on Monday. On Ocracoke Island, the Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes are back in operation, but the Ocracoke / Hatteras route is closed due to the road closures on both Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.

For more information, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather forecast information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.


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