Portion of NC 12 remains closed due to ocean overwash

Published 10:46 am Monday, November 8, 2021

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NC 12 remains closed between Marc Basnight Bridge and Rodanthe as a coastal storm continues to make travel unsafe on that section of the highway.

Ocean overwash destroyed some dunes protecting NC 12 and forced the road’s closure Sunday, stated a press release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

“N.C. Department of Transportation crews will continue today to push sand off areas of N.C. 12 where they are able to safely do so,” stated the release. “However, the overwash that blew out the dunes at Mirlo and Pea Island continues to inundate N.C. 12 this morning.”

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NCDOT also stated that NC 12 could remain closed through Tuesday as crews clear the highway of sand and rebuild the washed-out dunes.

“People should avoid travel on this section of N.C. 12, as people should never drive through flooded roads,” stated the release. “Also, don’t ever remove barricades as they are there to protect you.”

The storm started Saturday and continues to bring heavy winds to coastal North Carolina. It is expected exit the coast later Monday.

For current travel conditions, check DriveNC.gov and NCDOT on social media.