NC12 on Ocracoke reopens

By on March 29, 2024

NC12 – Ocracoke North on 3/29 at at 12:30 pm (NCDOT)

Ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke also resumes


N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island between the National Park Service pony pens and the South Dock ferry terminal will reopen today at 2 p.m. The highway had been closed since March 23 due to severe ocean overwash and hazardous driving conditions.

There is still some standing water and sand on the roadway, so motorists are reminded to slow down and drive with extreme caution in the area. In addition, a project to replace lost and damaged sandbags continues, so there may be a short lane closure on the highway controlled by a flagger crew.

Ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke will also resume at 2 p.m. on the following amended schedule for today:
  • From Hatteras: 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 11 p.m. and midnight.
  • From Ocracoke:¬†3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight.The Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route will resume its regular¬†spring schedule¬†on Saturday.

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See what people are saying:

  • Gassy Gary

    Thank me, I went down there and busted wind so powerful that it cleared the highway.

    Saturday, Mar 30 @ 1:15 pm