Highway 12 reopens in Dare County

Published: Nov. 20, 2019 at 5:29 AM EST
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Highway 12 in Dare County has now re-opened.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation allowed traffic back on the highway between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe at noon.

The road was shut down Saturday due to overwash caused by the coastal storm.

The DOT says drivers should use caution as some water and sand remains on the road.

On Ocracoke Island, Highway 12 will remain shut down. Highway workers had hoped to re-open that stretch on Friday after it was damaged by Hurricane Dorian.

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WITN is awaiting an announcement on the reopening of Highway 12.

The highway in Dare County has been closed since Saturday after the storm washed out sand dunes and blew sand and ocean overwash onto the highway.

Crews say the road between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe should open up later today, as long as no additional damage is found.

Meanwhile, on Ocracoke Island, the road will remain closed due to the new damage. The DOT had hoped to re-open Highway 12 on Friday after damage done by Hurricane Dorian.