Irene Damaged Hatteras Island Road To Reopen

The highway that's the economic lifeline for Hatteras Island is scheduled to reopen by Tuesday, more than a month after Hurricane Irene chewed a new inlet through the road. Business owners are relieved, but some wonder if they can salvage any of the fall season at this point.

Beth Midgette of Midgette Realty says she's pleased to see N.C. Highway 12 reopen for the first time since Hurricane Irene made landfall Aug. 27. State workers are placing a temporary bridge over a new inlet the storm formed north of Rodanthe.

The three northernmost villages have been closed to visitors since the storm. The other four villages reopened Sept. 17 to visitors, but access was limited to ferries.

Restaurant owner Debbie LeMasters says the fall season is basically lost. She and her husband are considering keeping their restaurant open longer than usual to make up for that.

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  • by Genius on Oct 8, 2011 at 05:15 PM
    The Outer Banks attracts visitors from Europe as well as other countries from all over... NC needs the tourist revenue. There will always be a way to access the banks. Most likely it will be a road no many how many times it gets washed out and migrates inland.
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Oct 8, 2011 at 04:16 PM
    You beat me to that punch ibxer. My thought incled just in times for seems like at least 2X a winter's season get breached by strong noreasters. Our states wisdom to have this beautiful panacea and then want to go ahead and exploit it. The locals there then build up businesses to support the influx but come back biccin and a moanin when mom nature takes her course. Then they expect state and fed funding to cover them due to losses. Het ITN how about some real deep investigative reasearch on how many of the natural inhabitants rooted are even rooted from seedlings or misteriously started to show up after the completion of Hiway 12. Hmmm. That should keep someone out there in Gville busy and for a darn good read.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 8, 2011 at 03:33 PM
    Wonder when they will wise up that nature is going to win and stop with the road and raise it where it won't keep getting washed out.
  • by Ellen Location: OBX on Oct 8, 2011 at 03:28 PM
    @ ibxer, what an awesome idea. The long bridges I've heard talked about run thru Pea Island and basically along where the road it now. Never thought of one from the emergency ferry to Rodanthe. Seriously that is the way they need to go;
  • by ibxer on Oct 8, 2011 at 03:08 PM
    What a waste of money. Should have built the long bridge years ago from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe. Taxpayers are weary of providing a fix for this sand bar that needs to be allowed to migrate as nature intended.

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