Octobert 12, 2018
Ferry Delays Expected During Repairs to Ocracoke's Dunes
passengers need to expect some delays this month, as the N.C.
Department of Transportation will soon implement a temporary traffic
management plan on Ocracoke Island while crews work to repair dunes
along N.C. 12 damaged by Hurricane Florence.
dump trucks will be hauling sand from the dredge spoil site near the
ferry dock on the northern end of the island to the 1.25-mile section
of affected dunes. Due to the large trucks and heavy equipment on the
roadway, NCDOT will implement traffic control measures to minimize work
zone hazards to the residents and visitors on the north end of Ocracoke
Monday, all departing (northbound) ferry traffic will be staged at the
National Park Service (NPS) parking area at South Bitterswash Creek.
NCDOT-provided portable toilets will be placed here for ferry
passengers during their wait. A pilot car will then escort arriving
(southbound) vehicles through the work zone to Bitterswash Creek, then
allow the traffic to continue south on N.C. 12. The pilot car will then
lead any departing ferry traffic from the parking area though the work
zone to the ferry.
Departing ferry traffic will need to arrive at South Bitterswash Creek 20 minutes prior to the ferry departure.
fisherman will be allowed to access Quork Hammock Road, but they will
need to correspond with traffic control personnel onsite. Prong Road,
next to the dredge spoil site, will be closed to all traffic. Ramp 59
will remain open to NPS off-road vehicle permit holders, but signs will
be put in place to indicate that a pilot vehicle is still needed to
travel on the section of N.C. 12 near the ramp.
temporary traffic management plan will be in place while the contractor
is working, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and some
Saturdays if needed. When the work zone is not active, these traffic
restrictions will be removed.
The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.
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