One of two places where N.C. 12 at the north end of the island needs to be repaired. Photo by Bob Jenkins, NCDOT

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The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.77 million emergency contract to RPC Contracting of Kitty Hawk to repair N.C. Highway 12 on Ocracoke after the road was critically damaged during Hurricane Dorian.

The work will involve sandbag installation, a reconstruction of the dune line protecting the highway, and complete rebuilding of about 1,000 feet of roadway. The N.C. Ferry Division’s Dredge Manteo will pump sand from the old Hatteras ferry channel to supply sand for the reconstruction.

The timeline for reopening is subject to change due to weather conditions, but the contract targets a date of Nov. 22 for reopening the roadway, with incentives for opening early. The contractor plans to move equipment to the site this week.

The contract completion date for the entire project is April 30 and will include dune reconstruction, planting dunes with sea grass and placement of final pavement surface and markings.

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  1. The DOT needs to consider a raised causeway. The new road could be washed away next Hurricane or nor’easter . Of course they Do need to do this repair in all haste. I am talking about a more permanent solution in the future.

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