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Hatteras/Silver Lake ferry service resumes, N. C. 12 on Pea Island reopens

NCDOT crews have been working since last weekend’s storm to clear sand and debris from N.C. 12. The road between the Marc Basnight Bridge and Rodanthe was reopened at noon today. NCDOT photo

This news story has been updated, Nov. 20, 7:18 p.m.

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Nov. 20 The Hatteras-Ocracoke-Silver Lake ferry route resumed today after being suspended for several days but access is still restricted to Ocracoke residents, non-resident property owners and people permitted by Hyde County.

Later this afternoon, the NC Ferry Division released this tweet: Operations are still suspended on NCDOT’s Hatteras-Ocracoke South Dock ferry but will resume when NC 12 on Ocracoke can be reopened. Last weekend’s storm delayed Friday’s planned reopening of NC 12 on Ocracoke. The road has been closed since Hurricane Dorian in early September.

N.C. 12 reopened between the Marc Basnight Bridge and Rodanthe at noon today. Motorists are cautioned to drive slowly and stay alert as some water and sand remains on the road and maintenance crews are still working nearby to fortify damaged dunes. 

N.C. Department of Transportation crews have been working since last weekend to remove sand from N.C. 12.

A section of the road between the Basnight Bridge and Rodanthe closed Saturday afternoon due to the powerful storm that pounded the Outer Banks highway with ocean overwash and wind-blown sand.

NCDOT crews also inspected N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island and saw no additional structural damage. However, the storm did cause some dune breaches on Ocracoke Island within the area still being repaired from Hurricane Dorian. This will delay Friday’s scheduled reopening of the Ocracoke Island section of N.C. 12. Officials are still assessing the road to determine what repairs are needed to reopen the road.  

Cape Hatteras National Seashore has reopened today the Frisco and Cape Point Campgrounds following the recent coastal storm. The Ocracoke Campground remains closed post-Hurricane Dorian.

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