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N.C. 12 on Ocracoke to Remain Closed for Several Days

​​Conditions on N.C. 12 on the north end of Ocracoke Island on Tuesday, March 26, 2024​

​OCRACOKE – With major ocean overwash still occurring and another low pressure system forecast for the area, the N.C. Department of Transportation has determined that N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island will remain closed for the next several days.

N.C. 12 between the National Park Service pony pens and the South Dock ferry terminal has experienced overwash since the arrival of a low pressure system March 24 and continues to see deep water and hazardous driving conditions.

Ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke will remain suspended until the highway reopens.

Those wishing to access or leave Ocracoke Village can do so via the Ferry System’s Pamlico Sound routes, currently operating on the following daily schedule:

  • Ocracoke to Swan Quarter: 7 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Swan Quarter to Ocracoke: 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Ocracoke to Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Cedar Island to Ocracoke: 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.     
NCDOT crews will continue to work diligently to reopen the road as soon as possible when conditions improve.


3/26/2024 1:05 PM