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Ocracoke dune repairs to begin this weekend

Overwash on Highway 12 north of the pony pens in early October. This site will be repaired starting this weekend. Photo by Sandy Yeatts

Over wash on Highway 12 north of the pony pens in early October. Photo by Sandy Yeatts

This weekend, the NC Department of Transportation will begin repairing the dunes at the north end of the island over washed during Hurricane Joaquin in early October. 

Work is expected to be complete by February, weather permitting.

During the repair, crews will transport sand from a dredge spoil site adjacent to the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry terminal to the repair site.

Occasional lane closures will occur while crews move equipment in and out of the repair site. Crews will time the lane closures around the schedule of ferry arrivals so as to have as minimal impact on traffic.

The repair work will be done by Carolina Marine Structures Inc., which received a $321,315 contract awarded last month.

In additional NCDOT news, crews on Thursday opened a section of N.C. 12-Beach Road in Kitty Hawk to traffic between Kitty Hawk Road and Lillian Street.

The road was closed in early October due to flooding and subsequent damage caused by the impacts of Hurricane Joaquin and a prior storm system.

Ocracoke dunes with Snowy owl, winter of 2014. Photo by P. Vankevich

Ocracoke dunes with Snowy owl, winter of 2014. Photo by P. Vankevich

 

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