Highway 12 remains closed as conditions worsen

Published: May. 10, 2022 at 9:07 AM EDT|Updated: May. 10, 2022 at 2:22 PM EDT
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DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - The main coastal road along the Outer Banks will remain closed for the rest of the day as conditions in Dare County worsen.

Highway 12 is closed from Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe.

The DOT says deteriorating conditions and this afternoon’s encroaching high tide makes it too unsafe to open the road.

Three straight days of strong winds and large waves has covered the highway with deep ocean overwash and sand.

Highway 12 between Rodanthe and Hatteras Village is passible, but difficult in several locations, according to highway officials.

Crews spent Tuesday morning trying to clear the roadway and build a protective berm to prevent the roadway from being undermined.

The DOT hopes to clear the road tomorrow so it can be reopened as soon as possible.

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