Mother Nature has finally given North Carolina's Outer Banks a break from days of high winds and rough surf. Sunny skies and calm seas are helping N.C. Department of Transportation crews make progress repairing parts of N.C. 12 in Dare County damaged by Hurricane Sandy and two Nor'easters.
Crews have repaired the tension cables and completed paving work on the Bonner Bridge. Both lanes of the bridge are now open to traffic using the four-wheel drive route on Pea Island.
Paving is now under way on N.C. 12 on the north and south sides of the temporary bridge on Pea Island. To allow crews to safely do this work, only one lane of the bridge will be open to four-wheel drive traffic, and motorists will follow temporary traffic signals to cross the bridge. NCDOT expects the paving to be complete by the end of this week, weather permitting.
In Kitty Hawk, crews have finished installing sandbags and paving the damaged sections of the beach road. Crews are still doing some final dune reconstruction, which is expected to be complete by the end of this week.
For the latest information on N.C. 12, including any closures of the four-wheel drive route on Pea Island, visit the department's new N.C. 12 Facebook page or follow the N.C. 12 Twitter feed.
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