Public Input Meeting For Highway 12 Fix

You may recall how Hurricane Irene washed away portions of the highway causing breaches on Pea Island and Rodanthe back in August.

A temporary bridge reconnected the venerable roadway to keep traffic flowing, but the DOT will begin to make plans for a more permanent fix.

The NCDOT wants feedback from the public,first, to determine the best solution for the only road on the Outer Banks.

On Monday, DOT officials will hold a public workshop from 4pm until 7pm at the Dare County Administration Building in Manteo.

Another public forum is Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at the
Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center in Rodanthe.

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  • by FormerOBXresident on Dec 6, 2011 at 09:01 PM
    They should shut everything from Nags Head south down, turn everything over to the park service and make it just like portsmouth island. Get rid I the ferry system that wastes 42 million dollars a year and get let nature over take Hwy 12, and tell the resident to move. The only county that would be affected would be Hyde county, but they are already so screwed up that it wouldn't make a difference anyways, those Hillbillys are already so screwed up it won't make a difference. Do us all a favor and shut that mess down and do something productive with the saved money! If you want to see the barrier islands get in a boat and go see them! There is nothing special about those islands that we need to keep sinking millions of dollars into, all that place is, is a bunch of drunken ignorant island folks that have the intelligence of a rock!
  • by JL Location: Rodanthe on Dec 6, 2011 at 06:35 AM
    You are all forgetting one very important fact, the millions and possibly billions of dollars in revenue that Hatteras Island Tourism brings in to the Local and State Governments. There are thousands of jobs that are created and maintained because of the tourism that many of comment should go away. Without the residents who live and work on the island (primarily for the tourists) and the homeowners who rent their homes to bring in the tourists to our beautiful island......we wouldn't realize the millions and over time billions of dollars to our region. Whether you like it or not, people are drawn to ocean and homes are built on barrier islands so that human beings can enjoy the surroundings not just the fish and turtles which bring absolutely no revenue into the region.
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      by Savannah on Dec 6, 2011 at 10:18 AM in reply to JL
      JL -- A voice of Reason -- Amen!! Funny how "THEY" forget that simple fact !
  • by EverLastingKnowItAll on Dec 5, 2011 at 03:14 PM
    Fill it in with shot rock at a very High elevation,cover the shot rock with fabic,put sand on top of that,put you rock base on top of that,pave it, build your shoulders and be done with it.The water will run through the shot rock underneath the road so the enviromentalist wont throw some kind of temper tantrum about a fish egg or stupid turtle...that or build a freakin bridge.What else can you do other than build a tunnel underneath?BLAH!
  • by rapper Location: wilson on Dec 5, 2011 at 12:03 PM
    Let it all go back to the fishes.
  • by nightrain on Dec 5, 2011 at 11:57 AM
    For the last 25 years, I have averaged camping out on Hatteras Island or Ocracoke Island 4 - 5 times a year. Being able to drive on the beach is the reason I have a 4-wheel drive vehicle. But, as much as I'll miss it, if nature takes it back, so be it. I'll just have to buy a boat to get there from now on (I'm assuming they'll have ferry service to the more populated areas of the island.)
  • by Neigh Location: Pitt on Dec 5, 2011 at 10:49 AM
    I agree with Ryan. Let nature take its' course! Use the monies for other important issues. Just look how long and how much money has been used on the site. It will always be this way!
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      by sean on Dec 5, 2011 at 11:55 AM in reply to Neigh
      run for office if you guys want to stop spending money on people in dire need! good luck!
  • by Savannah Location: Waves on Dec 5, 2011 at 10:41 AM
    I guess Ryan would rather spend my tax money on bridges and roads in Iraq an Afganhistan !! We spend BILLIONs there only to have them blown up and destroyed after we finish -- I guess you would continue that absurd WASTE , rather than construct a project for american taxpayers.. Here's a thought - lets spend the american tax dollars for Americans - Hmmm what an idea..... Ryan's comment is a joke - Wake Up !!
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      by sean on Dec 5, 2011 at 11:56 AM in reply to Savannah
      exactly right! some people you just cant reach!
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      by 250 on Dec 5, 2011 at 12:29 PM in reply to Savannah
      Ryan's in there with his thought. Americans are just as stu pid for building or attempting to build "permant" structures on "barrier islands".
  • by Where? on Dec 5, 2011 at 08:49 AM
    Where is all the stimulus money?? Obama is so corrupt!!!!
  • by Ryan Location: Havelock on Dec 5, 2011 at 08:27 AM
    Discontinue all maintenance on Highway 12. Let nature have it's way with that road. Folks will eventually get the hint and move out. Barrier Islands ARE NOT FOR LIVING ON! It is a travesty every time the people of North Carolina are robbed of funds needed elsewhere to replace this road.
  • by Brent Location: NC on Dec 5, 2011 at 06:29 AM
    continue to repair as needed-cheaper. Must have a "shovel ready plan" (ha) in place for repairs in emergency situations.
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