NC highway crews to assess NC-12 damage from nor'easter

NC highway crews to assess NC-12 damage from nor'easter

Credit: NC Dept. of Transportation

Overwash on NC 12 about an hour before high tide Wednesday. You're looking south down N.C. 12 at Mirlo Beach.

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Associated Press & WVEC.com

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 8 at 9:20 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Crews from the N.C. Department of Transportation are set to survey damage to any additional damage to N.C. Highway 12 stemming from the nor'easter that formed off the coast.

The crews will begin fully assessing the damage from the nor'easter Thursday morning. Once the assessment is complete, the department says it will have a better idea of the extent of the damage the storm caused and how it will affect the completion of the repairs already under way.

N.C. 12 was damaged by Superstorm Sandy and repairs had begun when the latest storm came through.

The nor'easter brought rain, wind and flooding Wednesday to parts of the Outer Banks already hard hit by Sandy, and likely caused additional damage along N.C. 12 in Dare County.

Highway officials said the nor’easter pushed sand and water onto N.C. 12/beach road in Kitty Hawk.

Strong waves also damaged the dunes that N.C. Department of Transportation crews had spent days rebuilding along the beach road after Hurricane Sandy passed.

Significant overwash has also occurred at the south end of Pea Island at Mirlo Beach.

Officials said Wednesday that work continues to provide four-wheel drive access from south of the Bonner Bridge to Rodanthe. Once a safe route is in place, crews will open one lane of the Bonner Bridge for four-wheel-drive vehicles only to access Rodanthe and communities to the south via the bridge and N.C. 12.

AP-WF-11-08-12 0905GMT

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