Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie says as of 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the four wheel drive access to and from Hatteras Island on Highway 12 is closed due to ocean over wash. It was shut down Thursday morning and Tuesday night for the same reason. It is anticipated to open again Friday morning, but no time was given.
The four-wheel-drive only access area of Highway 12 reopened November 11th for the first time since Sandy storm damage, but an early morning fatal wreck the next day caused officials to decide to open it for daylight travel only. Before the fatal wreck, the highway was scheduled to be open from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Officials are continuing to open and close parts of Highway 12 because of ocean over wash.
The Dare County Sheriff's Office says four- wheel drive access to and from Hatteras Island is closed due to ocean over wash, as of 7:15 a.m. Thursday.
Officials say they will continue to update everyone as conditions improve and permit opening.
The DOT said Wednesday afternoon Highway 12 will be reopened for some vehicles, but only if Mother Nature continues to cooperate.
There is now four-wheel drive access on Pea Island along N.C. 12. This after ocean over wash Wednesday morning. The DOT said access is expected to be closed intermittently as more storms may roll through Eastern Carolina. Considering the chance of rapidly changing weather conditions, the Department said conditions and road accessibility could change with very little notice.
Drivers in four-wheel drive vehicles should expect a rough ride, over sand, damaged pavement, and some water. Lane markers made of cones and flags mark the route. The DOT said drivers should be mindful of rugged terrain, which could cause lower riding vehicles to get stuck. Drivers are encouraged to drive slowly, and lower tire pressure to reduce the risk of getting stuck.
If you plan to drive N.C. 12, you are advised to call 511 for updated road conditions before your trip.
Part of Highway 12 on the Outer Banks remains closed because of high water.
The D.O.T. says the road from Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe was closed about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Deputies said Wednesday there was significant over-wash of the road north of Mirlo Beach.
The ferry from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe is continuing as scheduled. Extra ferries have been added from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke.
Hurricane Sandy and last week's nor'easter both caused damage to the road. It was just opened to four-wheel-drive traffic Saturday.