RALEIGH TheN.C. Department of Transportationhascompleted repairs to a section of N.C. 12 in Kitty Hawk that was damaged during a nor'easter that hit the area last weekend. The road reopened to traffic this afternoon.
NCDOT closed a section of N.C. 12 at the end of Kitty Hawk Road early Saturday, May 2 after waves from the nor'easter washed away 500 feet of dune in this area, as well as sand from under the road. The department recognized the safety hazard and closed the road in advance of any possible collapse. A portion of the northbound lane collapsed that evening, resulting in 200 feet of pavement damage.
In order to open the road to traffic, crews removed all damaged pavement and refilled the area with sand. Once the sand was in place, they paved the area. While this work was taking place, NCDOT staff worked on preparing plans and acquiring necessary permits for the reconstruction of the dune. A timeframe for reconstruction is currently not available at this time.
NCDOT wanted to open the road this weekend to inconvenience motorists as little as possible, but additional paving will continue next week. When that work continues, motorists will notice a work zone area and are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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Below are before and after pictures of the route.