Tuesday Evening Reopening of Highway 12
Iffy Due to Strong Morning High Tide
By JOY CRIST
NCDOT said on Tuesday afternoon that crews clearing N.C. Highway 12 in
between Rodanthe and the Bonner Bridge have not found structural damage
to the road itself so far. This means that once crews are able to get
ahead of any additional sand and water being deposited on the road,
N.C. Highway 12 will reopen fairly quickly.
bad news, per the NCDOT, was that the morning high tide at roughly
10:30 a.m. deposited an additional 4-5 feet of sand at the Pea Island
Visitors Center, and lesser amounts at other points along the highway.
crews are continuing to work around the clock to clear the highway of
sand and standing water, and will know in the next few hours when the
road will be able to be reopened to the public.
spots in Avon, North Buxton, and Mirlo Breach in Rodanthe still had
standing water after the morning’s high tide, which included some deep
spots in Avon.
Ocracoke Island, the Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes remain in
operation, but the Ocracoke / Hatteras route is closed due to the road
closures on both Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. If the roads reopen
late this afternoon, service for the Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry will
County reported that there will be no residential or commercial trash
collection on Hatteras Island Wednesday, March 7, due to the road
conditions. Normal schedule will resume when conditions improve.