Rodanthe traffic routed onto new roundabout

By on November 18, 2021

The Rodanthe Roundabout. (Photo by Hooper Photography Solutions, LLC | Island Free Press)
Arial view of Rodanthe. (Photo by Hooper Photography Solutions, LLC | Island Free Press)
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Shift is part of ‘Jug Handle Bridge’ plan


Traffic on NC12 through the Outer Banks village of Rodanthe will be moved onto a new roundabout on Friday, Nov. 19. The roundabout is part of the eventual traffic shift onto the new Rodanthe “Jug Handle’ Bridge,” expected to open in early 2022.

The speed limit through the roundabout will be 20 m.p.h., and signage will keep traffic flowing in a constant direction and prevent motorists from exiting the roundabout to the bridge. Rumble strips will be installed on the roadway leading up to the roundabout to remind motorists to slow down as they approach.

The Rodanthe ‘Jug Handle’ bridge, which is currently under construction and nearing completion, is a long-term transportation solution for NC 12 that bypasses a section of the highway vulnerable to flooding and ocean overwash.

The N.C. Department of Transportation is raising the highway onto a 2.4-mile bridge that extends over Pamlico Sound between the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and the village of Rodanthe.


  • Bob

    I still don’t understand the point, 99+% of the traffic will be going the same direction, why slow all of them down to 20mph and create a bottleneck? In some places, I think a roundabout is a great idea, this just doesn’t seem to be one of them.

    Friday, Nov 19 @ 9:52 am
  • Bud

    Something needs to slow folks down when traveling through the villages, 45 is much too fast. At stake is our communities, the lives of our children, and our pets.
    Please drive 40mph maximum through Hatteras Island villages, Thank You

    Friday, Nov 19 @ 2:23 pm
  • Arthur Pewty

    This appears to be a project that was doodled on the back of a cocktail napkin at the end of a three Martini lunch and intended as a joke.

    Friday, Nov 19 @ 5:39 pm
  • Buds a Dud

    Bud, how about control your pets and kids and keep them out of the road? What difference would 40 make opposed to 45? What a laughable statement.

    Saturday, Nov 20 @ 4:36 pm