Highway 12 reopens after being closed for two days

Traffic is moving again on this coastal highway.
Traffic is moving again on this coastal highway.(NCDOT)
Published: May. 12, 2022 at 9:27 AM EDT|Updated: May. 12, 2022 at 1:40 PM EDT
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RODANTHE, N.C. (WITN) - For the first time in two days, traffic is moving once again on Highway 12.

The Department of Transportation shut down the main highway in Dare County early Tuesday morning between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe due to sand and overwash caused by the storm off the coast.

The DOT has had workers out trying to remove sand from the road and rebuild protective dunes and berms, trying to stay ahead of high tides.

While the highway reopened at noon, the DOT said drivers should watch out for standing water and sand still on the pavement.

The DOT says there is still a possibility that with this afternoon’s high tide, at 5:15 p.m., the road could be closed again.

In addition to the highway being closed, two nearby homes fell into the ocean because of the high tides.

Meteorologists call for slowly improving conditions today.

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