The NC DOT says that it has reopened NC 12 on Hatteras Island in Frisco after a necessary closure for the replacement of a culvert pipe under both lanes of the road.
That pipe was being replaced was at a location just south of Timber Trail in Frisco with no available detour.
NCDOT identified this pipe as needing replacement due to its deteriorating condition and chose to replace it now to prevent any possibility of an emergency closure at a later date.
It was also done now in advance of a resurfacing project scheduled to take place in Frisco later this spring.
Officials with the N.C. Department of Transportation say off-road vehicles will be able to drive on the beach to detour around culvert repairs on N.C. 12.
NCDOT plans to close the highway at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 and reopen it by 6 a.m. March 3. Crews are replacing a culvert just south of Timber Trail.
Off-road vehicles will be allowed to access Seashore beaches at Ramp 45 near Lighthouse Road and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton. They may also access through Ramp 49 near Billy Mitchell Airport in Frisco to detour through the park for a distance of approximately 8.6 miles. The route includes paved and over-sand routes. The sand route will be open to four-wheel-drive vehicles only.
NCDOT said the pipe needed replacement because it was deteriorating.