The N.C. Department of Transportation
temporarily closed a section of N.C. 12 on the Outer Banks this morning from the Bonner Bridge, south to Rodanthe. The closure is due to deep water on N.C. 12 at several locations on Pea Island from just south of the Bonner Bridge, down to Mirlo Beach. A Nor'easter that moved through the area this weekend continues to cause a higher than usual tide, especially at high tide.NCDOT coordinated with the Dare County Sheriff's office to close the road after conditions were deemed too dangerous for vehicles to cross. The department currently expects the road to reopen to traffic later today; however, crews will monitor conditions and may keep the road closed if necessary until water levels recede.Traffic heading south on N.C. 12 is being directed to turn around north of the Bonner Bridge. Traffic heading north on N.C. 12 from points south of Rodanthe is being directed to turn around at Mirlo Beach. Repeated closures of N.C. 12 may occur at this location again at high tides for the next few days as this weather pattern continues.In addition to these locations, over wash has also taken place at several other locations along the outer banks, including Kitty Hawk, Buxton and Avon. The road is open in these locations; however, motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in areas where there is standing water.For updates as conditions change, visit the N.C. 12 Facebook Page or follow the NCDOT NC 12 Twitter feed. For real-time travel information at any time, visit the Travel section of the NCDOT website, call 511, or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website.