RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation invites citizens to attend one of two public workshops next month to discuss design options for permanently fixing the breaches on N.C. 12 on Pea Island and Rodanthe caused by Hurricane Irene in August. NCDOT will use the feedback it receives to help determine the best long-term solution for each breach.
"Creating jobs is my top priority. N.C. 12 is the economic lifeline for the Outer Banks, and I've told NCDOT to quickly develop permanent solutions to ensure the road will reliably connect people to jobs and education for decades to come," Gov. Bev Perdue said.
NCDOT will hold the public workshops on:
- Monday, Dec. 5, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Dare County Administration Building 954 Marshall C. Collins Dr.
- Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center 23186 Myrna Peters Rd.
The meetings are informal, and citizens are welcome to drop in at any time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. NCDOT representatives will be available to explain the design options under consideration for each breach and answer any questions. The public is urged to share their ideas, thoughts and suggestions with department staff.
Following the public workshops, NCDOT will take the steps below to reach a final decision on how to fix each breach:
- Late November -NCDOT will announce the design options it plans to present to the public at the workshops in December. The department will post the maps, which engineers are currently developing, detailing those options on the N.C. 12 website. At that time, citizens will be able to provide comments online;
- Dec. 15 -The Merger Team, a group made up of state and federal agencies tasked with developing the long-term solutions, will meet. They will discuss the information shared by the panel of experts in the fields of coastal science and engineering who met in October and the feedback given at the two public workshops;
- Dec. 21 -NCDOT will officially close the public comment period. At that time, the department will begin assessing all the feedback received;
- January 2012 -NCDOT will meet with the Merger Team to select the design option for each breach. The department will then take the group's realistic, fundable recommendation to Gov. Perdue.
The process to develop long-term solutions for the two breaches on N.C. 12 is a continuation of work already under way as part of the Bonner Bridge Replacement Project. Phase one of the project involves replacing the 2.7-mile bridge over Oregon Inlet, which is currently in the design stage. The project also includes an active coastal monitoring program that uses scientific data to determine what types of improvements are needed on N.C. 12 between Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and Rodanthe and when that work will occur. Using this program, NCDOT is enacting phase two of the project, which will implement the long-term solutions for the areas damaged by Hurricane Irene.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services for disabled persons who wish to participate in the workshops in December. To arrange appropriate accommodations, please contact Beth Smyre in the NCDOT Project Development and Environmental Analysis Branch at (919) 707-6043 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the damage to N.C. 12 from Hurricane Irene and NCDOT's efforts to temporarily fix it, visit www.ncdot.org/travel/nc12recovery, follow our N.C. 12 Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/NCDOT_NC12 or go to our Repairing N.C. 12 blog at http://nc12repairs.blogspot.com/.