Visitor access to Frisco and Hatteras remains restricted
Raleigh - Dare County will allow visitors access to Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and Buxton, beginning at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13. Transportation crews have cleared N.C. 12, and water has receded enough to reopen the highway to Hatteras Island. The county is still restricting access to Frisco and Hatteras. Additional information regarding access is available on Dare County's website.
Hurricane Matthew left much of N.C. 12 along North Carolina's Outer Banks under high water as a result of tidal flooding and heavy rains. Many areas along the 50-mile stretch between Bonner Bridge and Hatteras Village were inundated with water several feet deep in some places, as well as sand and other debris. Transportation crews began clearing debris and sand on Monday between Bonner Bridge and Hatteras Village, but water had been slow to recede.
Drivers should go slow and use extra caution in any sections where water remains on the road. Additionally, expect equipment working along the highway as clean-up continues.
After storms, the transportation department conducts under water sonar surveys at the Bonner Bridge to monitor for scour, which is where sand washes away from the piers. Engineers completed those scans on Tuesday and found there was little to no scouring.