Highway 12 Reopens With Temporary Road

Highway 12 on the Outer Banks soon will be open to regular traffic.

The D.O.T. says one lane will be open for all traffic at 3:00 p.m. at Rodanthe.

The road received substantial damage as a result of last week's coastal storm. Highway crews put in the gravel temporary road that replaces a four-wheel drive lane that was set up Saturday.

The D.O.T. says travelers should be prepared to wait for on-coming traffic, and that the lane may be restricted due to weather, construction or emergency vehicles.


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All of Hatteras Island continues to be under a declared state of emergency.

Highway 12 remains closed to regular traffic north of Rodanthe.

North Carolina DOT is opening a special one lane travel route for four wheel drive vehicles in the Mirlo Beach area of Rodanthe at 11:00 a.m.

Use of this route is for essential travel only and will be available for daily use until regular service is restored.

Passage through this area is subject to the following restrictions:

Only four wheel drive vehicles will be allowed to transit the area.

Travel will be one lane only. Be prepared to wait until oncoming traffic is cleared.

Travel may be restricted at anytime due to weather conditions, construction or emergency vehicles.

Travel will only be permitted during daylight hours, beginning one hour after sunrise and ending one hour before sunset.

The area ½ mile north and south to the entrance of the temporary travel route has been declared a work zone. No parking will be permitted along the shoulders of the road in the area.

Residents and visitors should consider using the alternate route to Hatteras Island by ferry from Swan Quarter through Ocracoke. For more information call the Ferry Division at 1-800-293-3779 and then press 1.


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  • by LM Location: Sanford on Nov 21, 2009 at 12:50 PM
    You'll be gone one day too Nick...that's just nature. Does that mean that if something were to happen to you the doctors should just let you go? This place is a rich part of our history and should be embraced by all North Carolinians. It needs to be preserved so that our children can see its beauty and learn from it. There are many other things that our state wastes money on that aren't near as important. You aren't thinking about the people who call the Outer Banks their home either. Do we just forget them too? Quit being so selfish.
  • by To Preston Location: Washington on Nov 17, 2009 at 04:58 AM
    Preston, you spoke of my heart in loving the Outer Banks but you also spoke of ignorance and to that I have to respond. The area on highway 12 just north of Rodanthe is now just a thin strip of its' former glory. The state has done everything possible to rebuild the dunes and provide paved thru-way but the surfers have not contributed to this endeavor. The surfers/observers that visit this particular spot care not about the damage to the dunes that they are doing. It is a fragile area yet those folks traverse the dunes (man-made), tearing them down and uprooting the grasses that have been planted there in an attempt to build it back up to help protect the area from storms. I travel there all the time, it provides me with several places of natural beauty and it disheartens me to see those folks that are abusing the area as opposed to helping preserve it.
  • by Rbh Location: Greenville on Nov 17, 2009 at 01:07 AM
    Just put welfare workers out there with a shovel. It's time for the free ride to end.
  • by Preston Location: Wilmington on Nov 16, 2009 at 10:13 PM
    Nick the outer banks are the best part of NC even better yet the East Coast. Me being a surfer I wouldnt know what to do without this place! Stop being ignorant
  • by BJ Location: Greenville, NC on Nov 16, 2009 at 01:19 PM
    So many people think having a place on Hatteras Island would be so wonderful!! Not!!
  • by Justin Location: Grimesland on Nov 16, 2009 at 07:57 AM
    nick, you must not go to Hatterass, or Ocracoke. It's a shame, you spend a few days out there, and you will understand why it is soo important to the residence of N.C. and the rest of the world. Spend some time there and you will see.
  • by nick Location: farmvegas on Nov 15, 2009 at 04:48 PM
    LEAVE IT CLOSED! You're wasting state money when you keep digging that road out. You are trying to stop Mother Nature... who will NEVER give up! Those islands one day... will be gone whether we try to stop it or not. The islands are not permanent They change with time and one day will be gone. So quit wasting money on something you cant stop!
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