Paving is now under way along a 0.4-mile section of N.C. 12 at the S-Curves just north of Rodanthe on Pea Island. The pavement on this portion of the highway was damaged during Hurricane Sandy and two Nor’easters.
Paving on this section will consist of three layers, with crews hauling the asphalt in from a plant in Williamston. They are putting down the first layer today. Weather permitting, crews will add a second, thinner layer tomorrow. Once the second layer is complete, they will paint lines on the road and make sure the edge of the pavement has a gradual slope – not a sharp drop off – to ensure driver safety.
When the work is complete, the N.C. Department of Transportation will remove the checkpoints and reopen N.C. 12 to all vehicles. NCDOT still expects this will occur on or by Dec. 25.
Crews will continue filling sandbags and rebuilding the dunes between the ocean and N.C. 12 after the road reopens. Once this work is complete, the final layer of asphalt will be put in place.
Until the highway reopens, four-wheel drive vehicles must continue to pass through checkpoints at the temporary bridge on Pea Island and at Mirlo Beach to travel between Hatteras Island and the mainland.
More information on N.C. 12 recovery efforts is available on ourN.C. 12 Recovery webpage and N.C. 12 Facebook page. For the latest details on the emergency ferry route, as well as schedules for our regular ferry routes, call 1-800-BY-FERRY and press “1,” or visit theNCDOT Ferry page.