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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