Work will begin Monday to remove the pavement and protective sandbags on a 2-mile former section of N.C. 12 called the “S-curves.”
Crews will be able to complete the work without disrupting traffic on N.C. 12.
The new Rodanthe “jug-handle” bridge, which opened to traffic July 28, bypasses the section of road that is being removed.
Once the pavement and sandbags are removed, which is expected to take about six weeks, the area will be returned to the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, per NCDOT’s original easement agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
“The ‘S-Curves’ area had been one of the most vulnerable sections of N.C. 12, periodically facing ocean overwash that forced closures of the highway during nor’easters and tropical weather events,” officials said. “In fact, the bypassed area has been covered in water and sand three times in the last month, during tidal surges caused by Hurricanes Earl, Fiona and Ian.”