N.C. 12 reopens after construction whirlwind

By on October 10, 2011

Approach to the bridge on Pea Island (NCDOT)

Six weeks after Hurricane Irene cut two inlets across it, N.C. 12 on northern Hatteras Island reopened Monday.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation built a temporary bridge over the largest inlet in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and filled a smaller one at Mirlo Beach just north of Rodanthe.

Two other breaches needed to be filled and work progressed around the clock.

“Investing in roads and bridges creates jobs, not just in the construction work, but in moving goods and services to market,” Gov. Perdue said in a statment. “That’s especially true of NC 12, which provides an economic lifeline throughout the Outer Banks. This project was truly a team effort, and we are pleased that the road will finally be open to traffic again.”

The bridge is a two-lane Mabey Universal Bridge with a modular design that allows it to be assembled quickly. Although the bridge is a temporary solution, its strength and durability will allow it to remain in place as long as necessary, the NCDOT said in the statement.

Along the half mile of the bridge, the speed limit has been set at 25 mph.

Some work still has to be done and could require lane closures, the NCDOT said.

It includes: paving the final layer of asphalt at the bridge approaches and the bridge deck; final pavement markings; removing some old asphalt; final grading and grass seeding of the shoulders; and general clean-up and demobilization of equipment.

The state of emergency has been lifted, and the northern Hatteras Island villages of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo are open. The emergency ferry from Stumpy Point will stop running.

Dare County advised visitors to check with rental management companies about their accommodations. Cleanup has not been completed in some areas.


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Ozzie-loves Hattaras

October 13, 2011 2:55 pm

If you traveled via ferry to get to and from the island then you know how great it is to have that ugly but wonderfully functional bridge. Cudos to all who worked tirelessly to see this project through. This is not the time for discussion about politics rather a hats off to DOT. Thank You!!


October 13, 2011 1:25 pm

@fd says: What is government? A system where we pool our resources for the common good. So who is this “we would have had” group of people you are talking about?

Years of Fox News and anti-government talk have poisoned the minds of many in this country. This quick rebuilding of NC 12 is exactly the sort of government service that we need.

@ Buxton-resident: I agree NC DOT (part of our government) did a great job on this repair along with the contractors hired with our (government) money. Nice to see the results of all their hard work.


October 12, 2011 8:04 am

Nothing but complements and thanks to NCDOT and CHEC. We really appreciate all the hard, around the clock work you did to get us connected so quickly. I cannot thank you enough, everyone and all the contractors involved get a 10+ in my book. The road is absolutely perfect and, as usual, you can’t really tell there was a problem. Thank you Thank you!

Just a thought when comparing our island to the Florida Keys…we might get some short hot spot causeways over some of those susceptible areas similar to what the Keys have. Seems to work for them and they have much longer spans than we would need for just a few (short span) bad spots. I think and hope that was the plan going forward. But that is just IMO.

Love OBX

October 11, 2011 4:30 pm

Oh brother….Leave the stinkin politics out of it. I didnt see any politicians out there working their butts off for weeks. Give credit where credit is due…To the workers. Thanks guys, now I can come home…


October 11, 2011 12:33 pm

Why don’t you take a long walk off a short pier Sailor. Leave politics out of this. Had it not been for the left wingers we would have a groin or bridge or anything else we needed to move people safely on and off Hatteras Island. Yes WE Can!


October 11, 2011 10:13 am

Good job by NC DOT and the contractors completing this work rapidly. Sure is nice to see that our government really works for us- keeping the highways open is one of the basic functions of government.

Now the long term planning needs to begin, S-curves will surely wash out again, time to plan for a bridge over that section. The long bridge looks like the best long term solution, but will the USA be able to back away from the short term Tea Bagger thinking and invest in infrastructure? We need to build USA roads, bridges, sewers, etc with US workers and US sourced materials.

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