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NC 12 Transportation Improvement Project Map
Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Dare
  • STIP Number: R-4070 B; R-3116 A, B
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The NC 12 Transportation Improvements include three projects in Dare and Hyde counties:

  • The Buxton/Canadian Hole “hot spot” (TIP No. R-4070 B) begins near Old Lighthouse Road in Buxton and extends north approximately 4.7 miles to Ocean View Drive. A portion of NC 12 in this area was relocated shortly after Hurricane Dennis in 1999, but flooding and overwash still occur at the north and south ends.
  • The Hatteras Village "hot spot" (TIP No. R-3116 B) begins near Elizabeth Avenue in Hatteras Village and extends north 1.7 miles.
  • The Ocracoke Island "hot spot" (TIP No. R-3116 A) begins just south of the Hatteras ferry terminal continues 4 miles southward on Ocracoke Island.

News and Updates

NCDOT is currently developing feasibility studies for each of the three NC 12 Transportation Improvements projects. The feasibility studies will include an analysis of potential short-term and long-term options for each project area; this analysis will examine the potential environmental impacts of the projects as well as preliminary project costs. The feasibility studies will assist NCDOT in appropriating funds and scheduling the projects in future State Transportation Improvement Plans (STIP). Once the projects are scheduled in the STIP, NCDOT will begin the full project development process.

The feasibility studies for all three projects are expected to be complete in the fall of 2014.

Project Overview and Purpose

NC 12 is the lifeline for the communities on Hatteras and Ocracoke Island, connecting the islands to each other and to the mainland of North Carolina. Island residents depend on the roadway for off-island community services, such as hospitals, emergency response, and waste collection. NC 12 is also the primary evacuation route for all permanent and temporary residents on the islands when severe weather is approaching.

Storms frequently cause the ocean to overwash NC 12 and deposit large quantities of sand over portions of the roadway. The storms sometimes damage the NC 12 roadway itself, interrupting access and services to the island and placing severe hardships on island residents. The worse the damage to NC 12, the longer it takes the NCDOT to repair the roadway. Longer repair times increase delays in using NC 12 and increase the hardship to residents needing access through the island and to the mainland. NC 12 must be continually repaired and maintained to prevent permanent loss of access on Hatteras Island.

The primary purposes of the proposed projects are to implement interim measures to maintain the integrity and viability of a transportation system (movement of people, goods and services) with minimal interruption of traffic service.

What’s a “hot spot?”

In 1991, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) sponsored research to identify specific sections of North Carolina's coastal highways in critical need of improvements. The research concluded that six sections of NC 12 on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands frequently need extensive maintenance due to severe storm and erosion damage. These critical sections, or "hot spots," include Northern Pea Island, Old Sandbag Area, the Rodanthe 'S' Curves, Buxton/Canadian Hole, Hatteras Village, and Ocracoke. These "hot spots" are now the focus of several environmental studies, including the three mentioned above.

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Contact Information

All Projects
Brian Yamamoto, P.E.
Project Planning Engineer

  • Phone: (919) 707-6051
  • Email: Contact Us
  • Address: 1548 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1548

Hatteras Island Projects
Jeff Weisner, AICP
Project Manager, URS Corp.

  • Project Hotline: (800) 233-6315
  • Email: nc12hatteras@urscorp.com
  • Address: 1600 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 400, Morrisville, NC 27560

Ocracoke Island Projects
Bill Rice, REA, CEI
Project Manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff

  • Project Hotline: (866) 803-0529
  • Email: nc12ocracoke@pbworld.com
  • Address: 434 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1500, Raleigh, NC 27601

Resources for Local Property Owners

In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.