ROAD CONDITIONS: Roads Remain Closed From Debris, Flooding

(2:00 p.m. Tuesday) - Here is the latest from the NCDOT on road closures.

Beaufort County:
• The primary roads on the north side of the river are open, and primary roads on the south side of the river are all passable, but several locations have power lines entangled with trees.
• All secondary roads are open on the north side of the river except for localized power line issues; work to clear debris is under way on the south side of the river.
• The bridge going toward the Aurora ferry terminal has been severely damaged and is not crossable at this time.
• The dock at the Aurora ferry terminal, which was damaged in the storm, should be repaired on Wednesday. The shoulder and some pavement is washed out along a section of N.C. 306 leading to the ferry terminal.

Bertie County
• N.C. 308 at Brimerage Road has shoulder washout over a pipe and water line.
• Six secondary routes remain flooded.
• NCDOT expects to clear all routes by the end of the day today, with the exception of five secondary routes and two primary routes, U.S. 13 and N.C. 45, where power crews have to clear lines tangled in downed trees. Crews are cutting back debris and clearing it from the right of way.
• There is guardrail damage on at least three primary routes due to fallen trees. Guardrail damage is still being assessed on secondary routes.
Camden County: All roads are open.

Carteret County: All primary and secondary roads are open to traffic. There is no known infrastructure damage at this time.

Chowan County: All roads are open.

Craven County:
• All primary roads will be clear of debris by this afternoon with the exception of locations with utility line issues.
• Three roads in the Vanceboro are closed due to flooding.
• There is no known infrastructure damage at this time.

Currituck County: All roads are open.

Dare County: Most roads in Dare, except in Rodanthe and Hatteras, are open. The following are status updates for individual sites:
• U.S. 264 (Stumpy Point): Road currently closed due to collapsed culverts. A sinkhole has formed between Stumpy Point and the Hyde County line. Repairs are under way..
• N.C. 12: Most areas of the road are clear, and crews are pushing up dunes.
• N.C. 12 (Rodanthe Breach): Surveys are being done today.
• N.C. 12 Hatteras: Clear, but repairs are being made to dunes and minor pavement issues.
• N.C. 12 Duck: Open; rip rap is being put in place to stabilize the area.
• Google map shows the key areas of interest on N.C. 12:

Gates County: All roads are open.

Greene County:
• All roads are clear with the exception of a few locations with utility line issues.
• There is no known infrastructure damage at this time.

Hertford County:
• U.S. 258 is closed just north of Rose Road due to a pipe washout.
• There is flooding on four secondary routes.
• All routes are clear to the edge of pavement with the exception of seven secondary routes and one primary route where there are power lines in downed trees. The roads cannot be cleared until the power company removes the lines.
• Debris is being cut back and cleared from the right of way.

Hyde County/Mainland:
• All roads are open.
• A large tree on N.C. 45 uprooted and damaged pavement.
• On N.C. 94, a pipe has washed out to the edge of pavement on the canal side.
• N.C. 94 has erosion to the edge of the pavement on the canal side.

Hyde County/Ocracoke: Crews are working to clear a 3-mile section of sand-covered pavement. It is not clear yet whether any pavement has been lost in the area.

Jones County:
• All primary and secondary roads are clear and open to traffic.
• There is no known infrastructure damage at this time.

Lenoir County:

• All roads should be clear by this afternoon with the exception of the locations where power lines are entangled in trees.
• There is no known infrastructure damage at this time.

Martin County: All primary roads are open; two secondary roads are still flooded.

Northampton County:
• Primary routes are all clear of debris at or beyond the edge of pavement.
• Trees and branches are being cut back and pushed into woods where possible. Engineers believe it could take a month to fully clear primary routes, not including debris brought to the roadway by property owners.
• No damage to any highway structures or pavement on the primary system.
• Nearly all secondary routes are clear of debris at or beyond the edge of pavement. There are a few routes with trees tangled in power lines that are partially blocking the roadway. All of these routes are still passible.
• One pipe will require replacement.
• Major shoulder washout at Doolittle Mill Road.
Pamlico County:
• All roads will be clear of debris and open to traffic this afternoon with the exception of N.C. 55 between Stonewall and Oriental where there are several power poles across the road.
• There is no known infrastructure damage at this time.

Pasquotank County: Creek Road closed due to high water. All other roads are open.

Perquimans County: All roads are open.

Pitt County:
• All roads will be clear of debris by this afternoon with the exception of areas where power lines are entangled in trees.
• There are three roads in the Grifton area and one in Grimesland closed because of flooding.
• There is no major infrastructure damage, but there is some guardrail damage and shoulder washouts.

Tyrrell County:
• All roads are open.
• Several areas are still flooded.

Washington County:
• All roads are open.
• Low-lying areas in the Creswell/Cherry area are still under water.

Previous Story

The DOT says 200 roads and 21 bridges are closed in the state because of Hurricane Irene damage.

Major highways include:

· US 17 in Windsor and US 17 Business in Hertford
· US 13 in Snow Hill
· US 158 in Gatesville
· US 70 in Beaufort
· US 264 near Washington, US 264 ALT in Walstonburg and in Tarboro
· NC 12 in Duck, Corolla, Manteo, Hatteras Island and the north end of Ocracoke
· NC 53 in Jacksonville
· NC 41 in Wallace and Beulaville
· NC 210 in Sneeds Feery
· and NC 903 in Beulaville
· NC 50 in Burgaw
· NC 561 in Halifax
· US 301 in Halifax County

State ports remain closed in Morehead City and Wilmington.

All ferry routes are expected to resume service later Sunday once conditions are determined safe.

Airports in eastern North Carolina remain closed.

Beaufort County

U.S. 264 east of Washington near Hunters Bridge, water
Highway 32 north of U.S. 264, tree
Highway 99 north, tree
Highway 33 east, power line down
Highway 99 between Pantego and Pungo is closed due to tree debris.
Highway 17 Business between Chocowinity and Washington, flooding
Whichard's Beach Road in Chocowinity.
Clarks Neck Rd. is flooded and covered by trees.

Carteret County
U.S. 70 east of Beaufort, water
Bogue Banks
Emerald Isle Bridge
Atlantic Beach Bridge
U.S. 70 in Stacey
Shell Landing is impassible
Parts of Bay St. in Morehead City are under water
Trees blocking US 70 north of Beaufort near E. Carteret HS.
Shore Drive in Salter Path is under water. Homes are flooded.
There is three feet of water over Nelson Rd. in Sea Level.

Dare County
Highway 12 in Dare County has been closed because of high water. It is closed south of the Bonner Bridge.

Duplin County
Highway 24 is closed in both directions west of Warsaw because power lines are down there. There is heavy flooding on Highway 24 near Josh Sessions Rd.

Highway 117 is closed in both directions near Wallace because power lines are down. The area is experiencing numerous downed power lines, which will not be repaired until after the storms passes and conditions are safe.

Greene County

US-264 ALT Both Directions in Greene County Near Walstonburg is closed because a tree and power lines are down across the road.

Halifax County
US 301, South of Halifax is impassable.

Piney Grove Church Rd., west of Halifax, is impassable.

Hyde County
1/2 mile of NC 12 on Ocracoke is closed and we've received a report that it has washed away

Jones County
Wyse Fork Road
Island Creek Road near bridge
Highway 58 north of the bridge
Catfish Lake Road
Richlands Road near the county line
Oak Grove Road near the cemetery
Ten Mile Fork Road
Highway 41 east of Trenton
Fordham Road
Main Street in Pollocksville
Pleasant Hill Road
Highway 58 at the Civic Center
Mary Tate Road
Middle Road

Lenoir County
U.S. 258 north at Jones Town road, tree
US 258 south of Kinston - closed as of 620p Sunday
U.S. 70 east of La Grange, power lines down

Martin County
Highway 171 south of U.S. 64, tree
Old US 64 in Everett’s at the light.

Nash County
Highway 264 in Nash Co. near Bailey is impassable.

Pamlico County
Bay City Road, water
Highway 304, water
Highway 55 east of Bayboro, water
Highway 306 South, trees
Highway 306 one mile from Highway 55, water.

There is significant flooding in the town of Oriental, Highway 304 in Bayboro, Mesic and 3rd Street near the bridge south of Pamlico Correctional Facility. There is also flooding in low lying areas.

Pasquotank County
Northside Road, trees in road

Pitt County

Highway 102 near Ayden, trees down
Highway 222 between Falkland and Old River Road, tree down
Highway 903 at Greene Countyline, tree down
Highway 43 north of Falkland, tree down
Worthington Road
Highway 903 near DSM
Old Snow Hill Road, power lines down
Sheppard Mill Road, power lines down

Tyrrell County
Both lanes of US 64 east of Columbia closed due to debris.
Road Street Extended near Flemz is under water and impassable.

Motorists are strongly urged to avoid travel to the coast for the next several days while hurricane activity, evacuations, and cleanup are taking place. Visitors and residents should only return to heavily storm affected areas once emergency and law enforcement officials have deemed them safe for travel. If travel cannot be avoided, motorists should exercise extreme caution while driving on coastal roadways. Drivers who encounter flooded roadways or routes affected by debris or downed power lines should turn around immediately and seek alternate routes.

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  • by Anon on Aug 30, 2011 at 03:46 PM
    Guess this goes to show that Beaufort County cares more about the North side of the river then the South side. Now lets see how long it takes the South side to get the aid and care they need
  • by JIK Location: Richmond on Aug 29, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    What are the conditions of the Nags Head Area and Route 158 bypass.
  • by Mary Jane on Aug 29, 2011 at 06:23 AM
    I was able to make it from Raleigh, through Greenville, Washington, Choco, Aurora, Hobucken, Lowland, Mesic, Bayboro, New Bern, and back to Raleigh via 70 through Kinston. The worst area to travel was between Washington and Aurora due to trees and limbs in the road, but they were being cleared as I drove through.
  • by Gville to Morehead? Location: Pitt Cty on Aug 28, 2011 at 07:32 PM
    Does anyone know if roads are clear from Greenville to Morehead City, Hwy 43 to 17, to 70? Need to help my Mom clean up her yard.
  • by Karen Wheele (Nee Parsons) Location: Brisbane, Australia on Aug 28, 2011 at 05:54 PM
    I see from the above reports that NC HWY 306, one mile south of 55 is closed due to water. Can anyone offer any details Lots of family in that very area and have been unable to reach anybody by phone.
  • by Jennifer Location: raleigh on Aug 28, 2011 at 05:20 PM
    Does anyone know the conditions in Gloucester by blue heron lane?
  • by Benn on Aug 28, 2011 at 04:51 PM
    How is highway 17 through vanceboro??
  • by Pam Location: Washington, NC on Aug 28, 2011 at 04:40 PM
    We evacuated on Friday afternoon. Does anyone know if power is on on Hackney between 264 and business 17?
  • by Concerned on Aug 28, 2011 at 04:02 PM
    I was told by a neighbor to PILE ALL the Storm Tree Debris on the shoulder of the roads & the State or County would remove this tree debris? Can anyone comment on the validity of this? Seems a bit unsafe to do this!
  • by elizabeth city resident on Aug 28, 2011 at 03:27 PM
    Hwy 17 is open in Windsor but one side host both directions of traffic. There is a 20ft tree down on 17 south which is on the power line. Crews are apt. 1/2 mile away up a pole so good news is on the way

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