This area, one of four areas rebuilt after Hurricane Dorian and reopened in early December, will be fortified with sand and sandbags. Photo by Richard Taylor


The N.C. Department of Transportation today (Feb. 19) will begin placing additional sand and sandbags along portions of N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island.

The project is designed to protect four segments of the roadway damaged by Hurricane Dorian Sept. 6 and a subsequent storm in November.

The project will involve placing more than 2,500 sandbags along 4,200 feet of roadway at the north end of the island. While no major traffic delays are anticipated, NCDOT will have traffic control in place to maintain a safe environment.

Contractors hope to have the project complete in three months, but the process is weather-dependent.

If completion is not possible by mid-May, work will stop until after Labor Day to facilitate summertime traffic.

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