Dune repair on the Outer Banks. Photo by NCDOT

Water and sand remain on roadway; motorists should drive with caution

RODANTHE – The N.C. Department of Transportation reopened two sections of N.C. 12 on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands at noon today (Sept. 24).

The sections, from the Marc Basnight Bridge to Rodanthe on Hatteras and from the National Park Service Pony Pens to the north end Ferry Terminal on Ocracoke, were closed Sunday night due to ocean overwash caused by a combination of seasonal high tides, strong northeast winds, and long-form ocean waves from Hurricane Teddy.

N.C. 12 motorists are advised to drive with extreme caution on both Hatteras and Ocracoke as sand and salt water remain on the road in several locations. NCDOT crews will also be on the highway to continue clearing the road and shoring up dune lines. Lane closures may be in effect in some sections.

Ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke resumed today with departures from Hatteras at noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight, and departures from Ocracoke at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
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