Highway 12

Politics & Government
5:38 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

State DOT To Begin Repairs To Bonner Bridge

Bonner Bridge in 2008, before Hurricane
NCDOT

State Transportation Department officials have tapped a Mt. Airy company to make repairs to the Bonner Bridge on Highway 12.  The bridge in Dare County which crosses Oregon Inlet will have steel supports called "crutch bends" added to counteract years of sand erosion, or scour, that have weathered the structure. 

Pablo Hernandez, an engineer with the state DOT, says the last time this type of repair was done was more than 20 years ago.

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Transportation
10:30 am
Mon March 11, 2013

NC DOT Revisits Outer Banks Transportation Projects

A screenshot captured Saturday at Mirlo Beach near Rodanthe shows the surf advancing on Highway 12.
Credit NCDOT / facebook.com

The North Carolina DOT starts a series of public meetings Monday to get feedback about its plans for Highway 12 and new ferry tolls on the Outer Banks. 

The DOT said Monday it would add one departure time to the ferry from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke Island as more over-wash covers Highway 12.  The route faces intermittent closures after last week's winter storm flooded the highway.

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State of Things
11:25 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Highway 12

Highway 12 wash out
Credit Western Carolina University

In the past two years alone, it has cost the state and federal governments more than $22 million to repair Highway 12. The iconic road on North Carolina's Outer Banks is a lifeline for permanent residents and an economic boon to the region and the state during tourism season. But the shifting sands of the barrier islands may make a permanent road impossible in the near future.

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Environment
2:10 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Outer Banks' Highway 12 Breached, Broken

The state Department of Transportation says storm surge from Hurricane Irene has completely washed away segments of Highway 12 on Hatteras Island. The storm cut several channels through the road just north of Rodanthe. Highway 12 connects the island to the rest of the Outer Banks and the mainland. DOT spokeswoman Greer Beaty says much of the road is still impassible.

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