The North Carolina Department of Transportation said it would on Friday shift N.C. 12 traffic through Rodanthe onto the new roundabout.
The roundabout is part of the eventual traffic shift onto the new Rodanthe “jug handle” bridge that NCDOT officials said would open in early 2022.
The speed limit through the roundabout will be 20 m.p.h., and signage has been installed to keep traffic flowing and prevent motorists from exiting the roundabout to the bridge, officials said. Rumble strips are to be installed on the roadway leading up to the roundabout to remind motorists to slow down as they approach.
The Rodanthe bridge is nearing completion and will bypass a section of the highway most vulnerable to flooding and ocean overwash. The 2.4-mile bridge will extend over Pamlico Sound between the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and the village of Rodanthe.