4-wheel-drive vehicles to gain access to Hatteras Island

Posted at 12:51 PM, Nov 09, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-09 21:48:19-05

NCDOT anticipates opening one lane of the Bonner Bridge and NC 12 to allow four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles access to Hatteras Island by noon on Saturday, November 10, 2012. 

Initially, vehicles will have only daytime access to one lane of the highway and Bonner Bridge, with signals alternating southbound and northbound travel. Portions of the roadway will be gravel or sand and four-wheel drive vehicles will be the ONLY vehicles allowed to access the route. Any vehicles attempting to drive this route that do not have 4WD will be turned away. All-wheel drive vehicles will not be allowed access to the route. 

Four-wheel-drive vehicles utilizing this route are asked to be patient and exercise caution. Delays are expected.

NCDOT will close the four-wheel-drive route from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the first few days to ensure motorist safety overnight. Once crews open both lanes of the temporary bridge, four-wheel-drive traffic will be available 24 hours a day. The four-wheel-drive access will be contingent on impacts from impeding weather. 

For updates on four-wheel-drive access and progress on NC 12, visit