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NCDOT Awards Contract for NC 12 Repairs

Ocean overwash damage on Ocracoke on Sept. 21. Photo: NCDOT

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Monday that the agency has awarded an emergency $1.7 million contract to repair damage to N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island during a weeklong period of high tides and ocean overwash last month.

The contract was awarded to Barnhill Contracting of Rocky Mount and includes placing sandbags on the ocean side of the highway, rebuilding the protective dune line and repairing pavement damage.

The damage, all between Sept. 18-24, was from severe ocean overwash caused by a combination of seasonal high tides, strong northeast winds and long form waves from Hurricane Teddy.

Construction is expected to begin within the next two weeks and last through March 2021. Motorists can expect periodic lane closures during the construction process.

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