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