RODANTHE, N.C. (WITN) - The main beach road on the Outer Banks is open again in Dare and Hyde counties.
The Department of Transportation says Highway 12 was closed for most of Wednesday after overnight high tides pushed more sand and water on the troubled highway.
This afternoon, Highway 12 between the Bonner Bridge and Rodanthe reopened to traffic. The road on Ocracoke Island was also able to reopen between the Pony Pens and the ferry terminal.
The Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry has resumed service under an amended schedule, according to the D.O.T.
Accessibility is ever-changing on the Outer Banks this morning as Highway 12 is shut down once again because of ocean overwash.
North Carolina Department of Transportation officials say the road is closed to all traffic between the Bonner Bridge and Rodanthe near Nags Head. It is also closed on Ocracoke Island between the Pony Pens and the ferry terminal.
The road had re-opened yesterday after being shut down for most of the weekend and Monday because of overwash, sand and debris from an offshore nor'easter. The DOT tweeted earlier this morning that there is severe overwash at Pea Island, Mirlo and on Ocracoke. As of yesterday, no structural damage had been found by cleanup crews.
We'll keep you updated as we learn more.
NC-12 has reopened between the Bonner Bridge and Rodanthe, and the north end of Ocracoke Island between the Pony Pens and the Ferry Terminal will open at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
However, there will still be some sand and standing water at both locations. Motorists must drive with extreme caution in those areas. Some additional ocean overwash is also possible at high tide.
Also, service has now been restored on the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route with the following schedule:
Tuesday, March 6:
• From Hatteras: 6 p.m., 9 p.m., midnight
• From Ocracoke: 7:30 & 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7:
• From Hatteras: 6, 7, 9 & 10 a.m., 12, 1, 3, 4, 6 & 9 p.m., midnight
• From Ocracoke: 4:30, 7:30, 8:30, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 2:30, 4:30, 5:30, 7:30 & 10:30 p.m.
The route will resume its regular published schedule on Thursday, March 8.
Thank you for your patience.
State highway officials say the main road on the Outer Banks could reopen tonight.
Highway 12 was closed in both directions from the Bonner Bridge to Rodanthe because of ocean overwash this past weekend.
The road is also closed in Hyde County on Ocracoke Island, between the Pony Pen and the South Ferry Dock.
The D.O.T. says the good news if they haven't found any structural damage to the pavement, but that high tides continue to deposit more sand and water on places they've already cleared.
Highway workers say they'll know more by later this afternoon on when the road will be allowed to reopen.
Continued coastal flooding has closed parts of the main road on North Carolina's Outer Banks.
The National Weather Service has a coastal flood warning in effect until noon Monday in coastal Dare County. The weather service says flooding continues on the ocean side of the Outer Banks in Dare County with tides running 2 feet (0.6 meters) to 3 feet (1 meter) above ground level.
Forecasters say minor flooding is expected to continue into Tuesday.
Dare County emergency officials say transportation officials hope to reopen N.C. 12 between the Bonner Bridge and Rodanthe by 3:30 p.m. Monday.
The transportation department says sand, water and debris is scattered along many locations on the road.
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Officials with the DOT say Highway 12 is expected to reopen Monday afternoon.
Both Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands remain inaccessible due to dangerous road and surf conditions.
As of 5:45 am, DOT officials say that the road remains impassable just south of Nags Head in Dare County. The road is closed from the Bonner Bridge to Roadanthe. It's also closed on Ocracoke Island from Pony Pens to the South Ferry Dock.
Ferry services are also suspended between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.
Officials say the worst of the high tides were expected during the overnight hours, so they are hopeful that the road will be able to re-open this afternoon.
Stay with WITN News as we continue to keep you updated on conditions throughout the day.
Both Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands are temporarily inaccessible after ocean overwash and high surf conditions forced the North Carolina Department of Transportation to close N.C. Highway 12 and suspend ferry operations.
According to the NCDOT, N.C. 12 is closed between the Bonner Bridge and Rodanthe and on Ocracoke from the Pony Pens to the South Ferry Dock. In a Facebook post, NCDOT officials say they are hoping to open the highway again during low tide cycles on Monday, but says it depends on how bad the flooding gets during high tide.
National Park Service says other areas along the highway and side roads may also have hazardous driving conditions that should be avoided.
The Atlantic Ocean over-washed the dunes in several places along both Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. The NPS is telling people to avoid walking or driving on the beaches until these hazardous conditions subside later in the week.
People also need to be aware of debris that may wash ashore. A cargo vessel recently lost several cargo containers off North Carolina's coast, NPS said.
Anyone who sees these cargo containers are asked to call Dare County's non-emergency line at 252-473-3444.