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Hurricane Arthur's Impacts Felt along Outer Banks, NCDOT Crews Working to Assess Damage to N.C. 12

RALEIGH -Hurricane Arthur has moved out of North Carolina, but not before impacting some highways along the coast. N.C. Department of Transportation crews are working to clear sand in some areas, while assessments of damage are continuing in others. While many areas of the coast escaped the brunt of the storm, parts of N.C. 12 from south of the Bonner Bridge to Ocracoke Island along the Outer Banks are impassable due to sand, water and downed power lines on the roadway. That section of the highway is currently closed to traffic. Some areas continue to be impacted by soundside flooding which will take some time to recede.

"We urge people to stay off the road as much as possible in the impacted areas and allow our crews to complete the work necessary to reopen the road and get residents andvisitorsback to Hatteras Island as quickly as possible,"said Transportation Secretary Tony Tata.

Crews are now assessing the area to determine the extent of the damage and begin repairs. Repair work could begin on a section of pavement on N.C. 12 that buckled near the temporary bridge on Pea Island as early as this afternoon. Additionally, crews will inspect the Bonner Bridge, the only link to Hatteras Island, as soon as conditions are stable enough to safely conduct underwater sonar scans on the integrity of the bridge. The bridge is not expected to reopen today.

The NCDOT Ferry Division will inspect the channels as soon as water conditions permit and hopes to resume some runs to Ocracoke Island by late afternoon.

Areas south of the Outer Banks, including the Crystal Coast and Wilmington, saw some minor flooding and downed trees. Maintenance crews are working today to remove any debris from the roadway to ensure safe travel for motorists.

NCDOT provides real-time information about weather and travel conditions through its Twitter feeds and Facebook pages, including the NCDOT Facebook page, N.C. 12 Facebook page and NCDOT Ferry Facebook page. Additional information about the storm is available on the department's other social media and web-based tools, which are easily accessible on the NCDOT website.

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2/15/2018 5:23 PM

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