Perdue: Highway 12 Will Open In A Month

Gov. Beverly Perdue says North Carolina will build a temporary bridge across the largest breach that Hurricane Irene carved on Hatteras Island and will fill in all the other breaks in the road, allowing the area to reopen within a month.

Perdue said Friday the repairs will cost $10 million, which will be paid for with federal dollars. She says the short-term repairs will give the state Transportation Department time to develop a long-term plan for N.C. Highway 12.

Hurricane Irene slammed into Hatteras Island on Saturday morning, creating breaches at the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, south of the Bonner Bridge, and in the village of Rodanthe. Residents of some villages are being allowed to return to the island this weekend.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by kmb Location: LaGrange/Engelhard on Sep 12, 2011 at 02:57 AM
    To those talking about abandoning any help to Hatteras/Hwy 12, I bet you weren't talking that yang when your power was out and that federal money was going out to power companies to restore your power after you whined about it. A lot of people from other parts of the country thought we should have abandoned Eastern North Carolina altogether after Hurricane Floyd. Hypocrites.
  • by Preacher Man on Sep 5, 2011 at 08:44 PM
    Maybe God and mother nature are trying to tell people its a losing battle.
  • by Chuck on Sep 4, 2011 at 07:35 PM
    As Always stupid decision no brain governor.Repains $10 Million should be used to build a bridge not patch up a road that the next storm will take out. Just do not get it. Really supprised the Feds don't get it also.
  • by jd Location: enc on Sep 2, 2011 at 07:48 PM
    its ashame only thing Bev is worried about is fixing hiway 12. how about worry about the rest of eastern north carolina as well.
  • by time to end this! on Sep 2, 2011 at 06:50 PM
    It's time for Hatteras and Okracoke to survive on their own! They can stay and live at their own risk, but it's abundantly clear that North Carolina and the federal government cannot and should not keep subsidizing this dangerous and disaster-prone strip of coastline. People there must understand that the public is not responsible for their protection and livelihood in the wake of repeated disaster and destruction. Enough!
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      by Chuck on Sep 4, 2011 at 07:31 PM in reply to time to end this!
      It is time to just let Hatteras & Okracoke Go.Way touch money being pumped into this road.Not enough Population there .When it going to end. The state keeps putting bandaids on a road that needs permanent Stiches.Don't think the state highway engineers have enough knowhow to fix this road. It you add up all the money spent on this road in lkas=t 10years,perhaps a bridge might have been a way to go like 10 years ago.
  • by Mike Location: Onslow on Sep 2, 2011 at 06:01 PM
    Call me rude. The feds are crying broke aalready. Where are they coughing up the bucks from? This will put it in just as we prep on the coast for Noreasters. I hope this plan backfires. There I said it. Just who got fat and happy or what politicians were elected at the time of THAT decision being made.
  • by charles Location: new bern on Sep 2, 2011 at 04:26 PM
    this is corruption at its worst,how many state leaders and or there friends own property on the outer banks? we the tax payers keep paying for there houses and roads,somebody needs to go to jail and this thieery stopped.
  • by Ms Taxpayer Location: Beaufort Co. on Sep 2, 2011 at 03:19 PM
    How about taking the money and put it back in our schools so we can educate our kids so they will be smart enough not to build the bridge in the first place
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      by Hey Now... on Sep 2, 2011 at 07:34 PM in reply to Ms Taxpayer
      That dangerous thinking Ms Taxpayer. You best stick to your 9-5 job and let these government experts do their duty.
  • by Goober Location: ENC on Sep 2, 2011 at 01:51 PM
    When are they going to accept that this is NOT a "washout" it is a new inlet that they keep trying to keep a permanent bridge over it and be done with it !!!
  • by m on Sep 2, 2011 at 01:42 PM
    Time to make it a nation preserve and stop pissing away our money.
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