Reconstruction of NC-12 in Duck to be expedited

Published 11:31 am Wednesday, January 17, 2024

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The Town of Duck has announced that Fred Smith Company, the contractor for the Living Shoreline and Resiliency Project, has completed the asphalt demolition on NC-12 in the project area as part of the road reconstruction portion of the project.

Beginning on Sunday, January 14, Fred Smith Company transitioned to a new work schedule in which crews are on site 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

“This change will expedite the time needed to complete the road reconstruction part of the project from four weeks to two weeks, thereby reducing the amount of time vehicles drive on gravel as well as minimizing nighttime disruption,” noted the Town of Duck update. “As a result, lane closures can be expected 24 hours a day throughout weekdays as well as weekends to complete the fill needed for a base layer of asphalt.”

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The sidewalk between Cook Drive and Barrier Island Station remains closed. “This area is an active construction zone with the presence of heavy equipment and unsafe conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists,” the update continued. “Please do not attempt to access the sidewalk during construction. For your safety, please consider driving should you need to travel through this area.

“While this change may present an inconvenience, crews will be able to prioritize continuous construction and reconstruct NC-12 ahead of schedule. Please note that these schedules are subject to change due to several factors including weather, mechanical issues, and unforeseen delays.”

The project is estimated to be completed by mid-May.