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NCDOT Begins Project to Protect N.C. 12

N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island after September 2019’s Hurricane Dorian: Photo: NCDOT

No major effect on traffic is anticipated during a three-month project expected to begin Wednesday to install more sand and sandbags along portions of N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island.

NCDOT will have traffic control in place to maintain a safe environment during the project to protect four segments of roadway damaged by Hurricane Dorian and a subsequent storm in November, the North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.

Tim Hass, communications officer with NCDOT Division 1, told Coastal Review Online Wednesday that the work is not at the ferry terminal but taking place along the portion of N.C. 12 that was damaged in Hurricane Dorian, and then overwashed again during the November nor’easter, was is north of the Pony Pens, but south of the ferry terminal.

Contractors hope to have in place the more than 2,500 sandbags along 4,200 feet of roadway at the north end of the island within three months, but that depends on the weather.

If the project is not finished by mid-May, work will stop until after Labor Day to facilitate summertime traffic.

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