NC DOT Officials Begin Talking Highway 12 Future

North Carolina transportation officials have started considering a long-term solution to protect the main road on Hatteras Island from future storms after breaches caused by Hurricane Irene blocked traffic for more than 40 days.

The Department of Transportation said staff members met with a dozen state and federal agencies Tuesday to talk about improving N.C. Highway 12 at Pea Island and Rodanthe.

Ferries were the only transportation off the island after the late August hurricane until a temporary bridge was opened Oct. 11.

DOT said options discussed include moving sand into breached areas, building a bridge or road in the road's current easement, or shifting the highway route.

The department plans to meet with scientists and engineers and hold public meetings before presenting a solution to Gov. Beverly Perdue.

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  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Oct 20, 2011 at 04:10 AM
    Greg said " Put it up on pylons"... I agree, at least in that stretch that takes a hit even during a nor-easter. Those guys need to understand that you can't expect an asphalt road to ever have much utility, if it doesn't have a 'base'. Sand is used aa part of a base on existing roads, and stone, but not on shifting land.
  • by LR on Oct 19, 2011 at 07:09 PM
    Ask the people who live full time on the islands what they want. As visitors
    we will take whatever means available when we go to visit.

    Also ask why citizens are not allowed to rebuild in a rivers flood plain, but others are allowed to build on shifting sand.
    but it is not our choice.
  • by Dave Location: ENC on Oct 19, 2011 at 06:22 PM
    Whatever they do there should be a toll on it.The state taxpayers should not have to keep spending millions over and over. Let those that use it pay for it.
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Oct 19, 2011 at 04:28 PM
    Duh.... DOT raise the road on piers and move it back from the beach. Costly but easy to figure out

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