Travel delays expected for section of NC 12 between Hatteras and Frisco for removal of grounded vessel

Published 11:06 am Wednesday, June 21, 2023

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The National Park Service in a news release issued at 10:33 a.m. on Wednesday that travel delays will be experienced along NC 12 between Hatteras and Frisco beginning around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2023. For up to two hours, the northbound lane of NC 12 will be closed so a crane operator can safely remove a recently grounded vessel from the beach.

The 28-foot vessel named the Carol-ina grounded on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore during the early evening hours of Sunday, June 18 on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach near the north end of Hatteras village.

According to the release, the contractor for the owner of the Carol-ina submitted a work plan Tuesday afternoon to the National Park Service to use a crane to lift the vessel over the dune and onto a trailer on the northbound lane of the highway. “The National Park Service reviewed the work plan and approved a permit this morning for removal of the vessel after coordinating with the N.C. Department of Transportation, N.C. State Highway Patrol, Dare County Sheriff’s Office and Dare County Emergency Management,” stated Wednesday morning’s news release.

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Travelers can expect delays between Hatteras and Frisco during vessel removal operations. The southbound lane will be used to alternate the flow of traffic for most of the work period. The arrival of inclement weather may delay the start of work for a period of time.