Highway 12 Expected to Reopen This Evening
After Longer-Than-Normal Winter Storm
By JOY CRIST
NCDOT reports that N.C. Highway 12 remains closed in both
directions between the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge and Rodanthe due to ocean
overwash. The road is expected to reopen
by 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6.
“Our crews are working extremely hard to meet the 6:30 p.m.
target for reopening both closed sections of N.C. 12,” said NCDOT in a social
media post. “As long as we don't find any structural damage and the high tide
cycles continue to normalize, we expect to get N.C. 12 completely open to all
traffic late this afternoon.”
The nor’easter that arrived on Friday and which continued to
bring high surf to the islands through early Tuesday morning was not an unusual
storm in terms of strength, but was unusual for its duration.
“The biggest thing with this [storm] was how long it lasted,
and how long the winds were sustained.” said Meteorologist Chris Collins from
the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office. “It was not
than any other system, [but] the duration made it severe.”
“It was how slow it was moving - and the duration of the
wind - that made it worse than normal.”
Roads were beginning to clear as of Tuesday morning,
allowing NCDOT to work on repairs in earnest. The NCDOT reported that area road
conditions were as follows
South to Rodanthe – Only remaining areas of deep sand are just north of the
NPS visitor center and at the “S curves” north of Mirlo Beach. Pockets of
standing water on the roadway the entire length of N.C 12. Currently
- Rodanthe South to Hatteras –
Standing water has receded, sand on road on the north end of Buxton. Open and
- Moderate overwash at last high tide pushed additional sand onto N.C. 12, but
one full lane is partially clear. Work will continue today on those efforts.
Standing water remains on N.C. 12. Additional loaders and an operator have been
sent to assist efforts. If needed, NCDOT will move additional resources to the
Island. Currently Impassable.
Residential trash collection for Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, and
Avon will be postponed from Tuesday, March 6 to Wednesday March 7.
The Fessenden Center will be open on Tuesday, March 6, but
all scheduled fitness classes and activities are cancelled. Dare County Schools
on Hatteras Island were also closed on Tuesday.
Coastal Flood Warnings remain up for Outer Banks Dare
County, with a Coastal Flood Advisory for Ocracoke, and High Surf Advisories
for Carteret County until 1 p.m. today.