Speed limits increased on NC 12; night driving in place at CHNS

Published 11:52 am Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Some driving changes are happening on Hatteras Island.

On Sept. 15, speed limits changed from 35 to 45 miles per hour in Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and Frisco and from 45 to 55 miles per hour between Avon and Buxton and between Frisco and Hatteras.

On Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches, night driving or beach driving 24 hours per day also started Sept. 15. Before going out at night, visit go.nps.gov/beachaccess for the most recent ramp status.

Some beach driving routes are open for limited miles.

As of Sept. 16, the following are limited on Hatteras Island: Ramp 2 N pedestrian access only; Ramp 23 N and S pedestrian access only; Ramp 30 N pedestrian access only; Ramp 34 N and S pedestrian access only; Ramp 38 N pedestrian access only; Ramp 43 closed; Ramp 44 closed; old Ramp 45 pedestrian access only; Ramp 55 E pedestrian access only.

On Ocracoke, the following ramps are limited: Ramp 59 N pedestrian access only; Ramp 68 N and South pedestrian access only; South Point is closed, but Ramp 72 is open for ORVs for 1.63 miles.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore hosted 427,384 visits in August 2021, making it the busiest August since 2002. This year continues to be the busiest start to any year on record at America’s first national seashore, states the Cape Chronicle.

Before visiting the beach, go to weather.gov/beach/mhx to view the daily rip current risk level and beach conditions forecast.

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