Over the weekend, N.C. Department of Transportation crews continued working on the temporary solution to reconnect all traffic on Hatteras Island to points north of Mirlo Beach.
Friday, Dec. 7 and Sunday Dec. 9, crews filled and placed approximately
160 sandbags along a 0.4-mile section of N.C. 12 at the S-Curves just
north of Rodanthe on Pea Island. As of Sunday evening, crews have placed
456 of the 1,800 sandbags needed to create a protective barrier between
the ocean and the road. Once all of the sandbags are in place, crews
will rebuild the dunes on top of the sandbags.
Crews brought in
495 truckloads of sand from the sand pit in Avon to fill sandbags, build
up the dunes and assist with rebuilding the roadway.
addition, crews installed survey stakes in the road bed in preparation
for grading, prior to repaving. All sections of damaged pavement were
removed over the weekend. After sandbags are installed at the most
heavily damaged parts of the highway, crews will begin rebuilding the
road where it was located before the series of storms hit. All work is
heavily dependent on the weather and tidal conditions.
to open the newly paved lanes of N.C. 12 to all traffic on or by Dec.
25. Until then, 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.