UPDATE: Emergency NCDOT funding heading to Ocracoke for Highway 12

Published: Sep. 20, 2020 at 9:40 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 5, 2020 at 1:50 PM EDT
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OUTER BANKS, NC (WITN) - Emergency money from the NCDOT is heading to one Outer Banks town to repair the highway there.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation says that it’s awarded $1.7 million to Ocracoke to repair damage to Highway 12 that happened in September.

The DOT says the damage happened between September 18th and 24th due to severe ocean overwash caused by a combination of seasonal high tides, strong northeast winds and long form waves from Hurricane Teddy..

Officials say the contract was awarded to Barnhill Contracting of Rocky Mount and will include the placing of sandbags on the ocean side of the highway, rebuilding the protective dune line, and repairing pavement damage.

Work is expected to start within the next two weeks and run through March 2021, the DOT says.

Drivers can expect occasional lane closures.

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Two sections of Highway 12 along the Outer Banks reopened Thursday.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation says those sections on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands opened at noon.

The sections are from the Marc Basnight Bridge to Rodanthe in Dare County and from the National Park Service Pony Pens to the D.O.T. Ferry Terminal on Ocracoke in Hyde County.

The roads were closed Sunday night because of ocean overwash caused by high tides, strong northeast winds, and waves from Hurricane Teddy.

The D.O.T. says drivers should use caution as water and sand remain on the roadways.

Ferry service between the two islands resumed today at noon, as well


NCDOT says N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island between the Pony Pens and ferry terminal are now expected to be closed until Tuesday.

Officials say high tide was severe and pushed more water and sand onto the road. Crews are clearing the road, but expect the next two high tide cycles to produce similar results.


OUTER BANKS, N.C. (WITN) - The North Carolina DOT says sections of N.C. 12 should reopen by early Monday afternoon.

NCDOT says N.C. 12 in both directions from Rodanthe to the Bonner Bridge should open back up at around 1 p.m. It was closed because of standing water in the road.

N.C. 12 is also closed south of the Ocracoke Ferry dock to north of the Pony Pen beach area. That stretch is also expected to open at around 1 p.m.


N.C. 12 is closed in both directions from the town of Rodanthe to the Bonner Bridge due to standing water in the roadway, according to the NCDOT.

The roadway is also closed south of the Ocracoke Ferry dock to north of the Pony Pen beach area.

High tides pose risky conditions for spots on N.C. 12. this weekend.

After the first high tide cycle of the weekend, there were areas of standing water and sand on the roadway on Pea island, Mirlo Beach, Buxton, and a few other areas on Saturday, September 19.

N.C. 12 had some heavy traffic as crews cleared the sand and water.

The area between Basnight Bridge and Rodanthe also dealt with some traffic.

NCDOT encourages drivers headed to Hatteras Island to do so during the daylight hours, as conditions are expected to worsen tonight.

N.C. 12 was open with several spots of minor to moderate ocean overwash between Basnight Bridge and Hatteras Village, but it has now been closed until at least 7 p.m.

Crews will be working on trouble spots before the next high tide.

Please be patient and exercise extreme caution when driving.

8:30 a.m. update: NC12 remains open with several spots of minor to moderate ocean overwash between the Basnight Bridge...

Posted by NCDOT NC 12 on Sunday, September 20, 2020
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