Traffic on N.C. Highway 12 through the Outer Banks village of Rodanthe, Dare County, moved onto a new roundabout on Friday.
The roundabout is part of the eventual traffic shift onto the new Rodanthe “jug handle” bridge, expected to open in early 2022.
The speed limit through the roundabout will be 20 mph, and signage will keep traffic flowing in a constant direction and prevent motorists from exiting the roundabout to the bridge. Rumble strips will be installed on the roadway leading up to the roundabout to remind motorists to slow down as they approach.
The Rodanthe “jug handle” bridge, which is still under construction and nearing completion, is a long-term transportation solution for N.C. 12 that bypasses a section of the highway vulnerable to flooding and ocean overwash.
The N.C. Department of Transportation is raising the highway onto a 2.4-mile bridge that extends over Pamlico Sound between the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and the village of Rodanthe.