Smothered by sand and water for four days, N.C. 12 reopens

By on March 7, 2018

N.C. 12 on Hatteras Island was reopened again around midday Wednesday, after another round of overwash covered the road in sand and water from surf reaching heights of 13 feet.

NCDOT said travelers should exercise caution and expect sand and water on the road surface. Additional delays and closures may be needed as crews continue to work to keep travel lanes safe.

Baldwin Video and Above The Coast shot pictures and video with a drone Monday afternoon of the problems the state Department of transportation and Hatteras Island residents have faced on Pea Island, at Mirlo Beach and in Avon during a powerful nor’easter that sent wind and high water onto the East Coast.


The only road on and off Hatteras and Ocracoke islands had been closed to traffic between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe since Saturday night, and then reopened Tuesday evening.

Ferries across Hatteras Inlet resumed Wednesday evening after N.C. 12 reopened on Ocracoke Island, and are scheduled to return to a normal schedule on Thursday.


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  • Really?

    Those pesky S- curves. I still say pump some sand up on the beach, maybe fill the “box” out to 19 feet or some random number around 19 with sand and that should solve the problem once and for all. Probably could do this for millions $$$.

    Wednesday, Mar 7 @ 5:23 pm
  • JAM

    4 days I have not been to work since last Thursday, there is this new invention called a pump. If you can’t keep the roads dry. Tourists will not come. Be proactive reactive.

    Wednesday, Mar 7 @ 7:42 pm
  • Connie

    Left Salvo today around 12:30 pm (March 7th, Wednesday). Crews were working diligently to remove the sand as we drove off. On coming cars as well as my outgoing lane, politely being considerate of deeper waters and allowing others to pass through safely as we waited our turn. They did the same for us. Took one hour to get off the island. The worst was through the Pea Island area. My car sits low but did alright, I took my time. Throwing a wake on oncoming cars was not an option. Everyone was super considerate.

    Wednesday, Mar 7 @ 9:14 pm
  • OBX Resident

    To all of you short bridge people, the long bridge would have provided uninterrupted travel to Rodanthe. I think the short bridge advocates were a little short sighted, all in the name of access to Pea Island.

    Wednesday, Mar 7 @ 11:48 pm
  • Bud

    JAM, glad you had a break from work. We need it every now and then.

    Thursday, Mar 8 @ 5:47 am
  • Getting Local

    Mother Nature wants a new inlet. Boy that would change the fishing.

    Thursday, Mar 8 @ 10:53 am
  • Old and Tired

    Yeah OBX Resident, I was wondering if anyone remembered the long bridge proposal. It would have been quite the tourist attraction, too.

    Thursday, Mar 8 @ 4:53 pm
  • OBX Resident

    We will eventually get a long bridge. It will now just be a lot more expensive as it is piecemealed together, and combined with interim closures with Hatteras isolated for periods of time. I was always a fan of the Stumpy Point-Rodanthe Bridge that never gained any traction. It is roughly the same distance and removes all of the concerns from the inlet, nearshore environment of Pea Island, etc. Guess it is time to start necessitating an additional bridge on Pea Island to bypass the Canal area at the foot of the new bridge.

    Friday, Mar 9 @ 12:49 am
  • Seal

    Yes the long bridge “The jug handle” was turned down mainly because from what I understood that it would have interfered with the sail boarders, and those that said it would have ruined the view !!! Well this is what you get for letting the blind lead the blind !! (Or just being plain Stupid)

    Friday, Mar 9 @ 8:56 am
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