​​After three months, NC12 reopens on Ocracoke

By on December 4, 2019

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NC12 on Ocracoke Island then…and now. (NCDOT)

​In another important sign of progress, NCDOT has announced that NC12 on Ocracoke Island will reopen to all traffic on Thursday, Dec. 5, three months after Hurricane Dorian severely damaged the island and its main road. This news comes three days after the storm-battered island was re-opened to visitors.

Hurricane Dorian came ashore on Sept. 6, destroying the protective dune line between the highway and the ocean, and breaking and buckling about 1,000 feet of pavement on NC12. The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $1.77 million emergency contract to RPC Contractors of Kitty Hawk in late September.

Since then, contractors have been installing sandbags, reconstructing the dune line and completely rebuilding and repaving the roadway. The N.C. Ferry Division’s Dredge Manteo pumped sand from the old Hatteras ferry channel to supply sand for the reconstruction.

A powerful storm impacted the area in mid-November, causing additional damage and delaying the road’s original Nov. 22 reopening date. That delay also postponed the reopening of the island.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that we’re able to reopen this vital lifeline,” said NCDOT Division One Engineer Jerry Jennings. “We know how important NC12 is to Ocracoke, and we hope this will help speed the island’s recovery process from Hurricane Dorian.”

Ocracoke Island is now open to all visitors, and the N.C. Ferry Division will begin full service on Thursday between Hatteras and Ocracoke’s South Dock terminal on its winter schedule:

  • From Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m., midnight.
  • From Ocracoke: 4:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 10:30 p.m., midnight.

Emergency ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Terminal will be discontinued on Thursday.​

Motorists are advised that work to complete the dune line will be ongoing for the next several months, so they should drive with caution to avoid crews and machinery that may be operating on or near the highway.

 



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