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NC 12 Protective Dunes Under Repair

Lane closures are expected throughout the week as North Carolina Department of Transportation repairs the protective dune line along N.C. 12 in the Rodanthe area, damaged by tides from Tropical Storm Melissa, the state agency announced Monday.

The road was closed from Friday morning to Saturday evening because of dune breaches that caused ocean overwash in several locations between the Marc Basnight Bridge and Rodanthe.

After reopening N.C. 12 Saturday, NCDOT crews started repairing the dunes. Work will continue during daylight hours at least through the end of the week. NCDOT warns that motorists can expect single lane closures while dune repairs are made and short and frequent closures of both lanes to allow for the safe movement of personnel working on the dunes.

Also work was underway Monday to clear secondary roads of sand and debris.

NCDOT warns motorists that there is still standing salt water on several sections of N.C. 12 between the Basnight Bridge and Hatteras Village, and that they should drive with extreme caution at all times.

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