NC 12 closing from Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe at 5 p.m. due to weather conditions

Published 4:47 pm Saturday, November 16, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to close NC 12 from the Marc Basnight Bridge (Oregon Inlet) to Rodanthe starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, November 16 due to the storm that is creating dangerous travel conditions.

The coastal storm has made travel along NC 12 dangerous, NCDOT officials said Saturday afternoon. There is almost no visibility due to wind-blown sand accumulating on the highway and it is becoming unsafe for NCDOT maintenance crews working to clear the road. Ocean overwash onto NC 12 is likely during high tide cycles later Saturday and Sunday. 

The weather is likely to deteriorate Saturday night and Sunday morning, bringing heavy rain and wind to the Outer Banks and coastal North Carolina.

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NCDOT crews will be back out early Sunday to assess the highway and determine when the closure can be lifted. However, continued hazardous conditions are also be expected to continue Sunday.

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