Sections of NC 12 on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands to reopen Thursday at noon

Published 11:40 am Thursday, September 24, 2020

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation will reopen two sections of NC 12 on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands at noon on Thursday, September 23.

The sections – from the Marc Basnight Bridge to Rodanthe on Hatteras Island and from the National Park Service pony pens to the ferry terminal on Ocracoke Island – were closed Sunday night due to ocean overwash caused by a combination of seasonal high tides, strong northeast winds and long form ocean waves from Hurricane Teddy.

NC 12 motorists are advised to drive with extreme caution on both Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, as sand and salt water remain on the road in several locations. NCDOT crews will also be on the highway to continue clearing the road and shoring up dune lines. Lane closures may be in effect in some sections.

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Ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke will resume Thursday with departures from Hatteras at noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight and departures from Ocracoke at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

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