Travel Advisory- NCDOT to Open Hwy 12 to 4WD

RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation crews spent today surveying the impacts of the Nor’easter on parts of N.C. 12 already damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Although the Nor’easter has moved north of the North Carolina coast, rough seas continue to affect the Outer Banks, especially during high tide.

In Kitty Hawk, there is overwash on N.C. 12, which is locally known as the beach road. That is not stopping crews from continuing to move and place sand along the ocean side of the highway to rebuild the dune that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. They are also removing pavement damaged during both storms from the roadway.

On Pea Island, the Nor’easter did not hamper progress to repair the tension cables on the deck of the Bonner Bridge, but it has washed sand and water onto N.C. 12 at the temporary bridge. As the water recedes, crews will continue their work to rebuild the highway approaching the bridge. The Mirlo Beach area is also seeing flooding and overwash on N.C. 12. Crews with Barnhill Contracting Co. who had mobilized there earlier this week had to move their equipment for safety reasons related to the Nor’easter. They are currently in Avon stockpiling sand, which they will load onto trucks and haul to the S-curves for dune reconstruction once conditions improve.

Weather permitting, NCDOT plans to open N.C.12 to four-wheel drive traffic by noon on Saturday, Nov. 10. Initially, these vehicles will only have access to one lane of the highway and Bonner Bridge, and in some parts, they will travel over sand. In addition, NCDOT will close the four-wheel drive route from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the first few days to ensure motorist safety during the overnight hours. Once crews open both lanes of the temporary bridge, the department will allow four-wheel drive traffic 24 hours per day.

The department urges motorists to “know before you go” about traffic conditions along the Outer Banks. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter at

Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “” into the browser of your smartphone and bookmark it for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.

(Editor’s note: To view images of hurricane recovery efforts along the Outer Banks, visit the NCDOT Flickr page at


Emergency Ferry Service

Priority Boarding for Hatteras Island ResidentsBeginning Monday, November 5, 2012, priority boarding will be given to Hatteras Island residents traveling weekdays on the Emergency Ferry Service between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe.

Priority boarding for residents will be done Monday through Friday and requires a driver’s license with a Hatteras Island address. The weekday priority will be given to residents boarding on either side of the emergency ferry route behind vehicles with essential commodities, recovery supplies, and those with medical priorities, as determined by Dare
County Emergency Management and NCDOT.

The Stumpy Point/Rodanthe schedule beginning Saturday, November 3, 2012

Departing Stumpy Point at                                           Departing Rodanthe at
5:00 a.m.                                                                           6:00 a.m.
6:30 a.m.                                                                           7:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m.                                                                           9:00 a.m.
9:30 a.m.                                                                           10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m.                                                                         12:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m.                                                                         1:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m.                                                                           3:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m.                                                                            4:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m.                                                                           6:00 p.m.
9:30 p.m.                                                                            7:30 p.m.

Hatteras-Ocracoke Route – The following schedule will remain in place until further notice.

Departing Hatteras at                                                    Departing Ocracoke at
6:00 a.m.                                                                           5:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.                                                                           7:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.                                                                         9:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.                                                                         11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.                                                                           1:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.                                                                           3:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.                                                                           5:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.                                                                           7:00 p.m.
10:00 p.m.                                                                         9:00 p.m.
Midnight                                                                            11:00 p.m.

Directions to Stumpy Point Emergency Ferry Dock from Manteo, NC -
100 Log Storage Road, off Highway 264. Take Highway 64 to Highway 264. Follow Highway 264 approximately 13 miles past the entrance to the village of Stumpy Point. Signs for Emergency Ferry Service are posted at the ferry entrance on the left.

Directions to Rodanthe Emergency Ferry  -
23170 Myrna Peters Road, Rodanthe. Turn west off Highway 12 onto Myrna Peters Road, located just north of the Community Building in Rodanthe.

Additional Information

Anticipate long lines this weekend and please be patient with ferry personnel who are working to accommodate as many as possible on each ferry.

For those utilizing the Ocracoke ferry route, keep in mind that travel from Cedar Island to Ocracoke and Swan Quarter to Ocracoke requires a reservation by calling 1-800-293-3779.
Ferry information is available by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and pressing 1, or via Twitter at


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