With peak travel season on the Outer Banks coming to an end, N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) crews are changing speed limit signs along sections of N.C. Highway 12 to higher, off-season speed limits.
The speed limits in the Tri-villages of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo, as well as in Avon and Frisco, will return to 45 mph from the seasonal speed limit of 35 mph.
Off-season speed limits will also return to 55 mph in several areas of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, such as the stretch of roadway between Avon and Buxton, and between Frisco and Hatteras.
The speed limits on Hatteras Island are seasonally reduced by 10 mph in mid-May to adapt to the increase in summertime traffic. Traditionally, the speed limits increase on or around September 15 due to the reduced number of off-season visitors.
Summer speed limits will return around May 15, 2023.