The speed limits for sections of N.C. 12 in Currituck and Dare counties will be lowered to 35 mph from the off-season speed limit of 45 mph.
Various solutions have been put forward to address persistent and increasingly disruptive problems affecting navigation in constantly changing Hatteras Inlet, a vital route for Outer Banks residents and the economy.
Pavement markings installed earlier this week do not meet NCDOT specifications and will need to be replaced.
The soonest the Rodanthe “jug handle” bridge will open is mid-May because of damage to one of the bridge’s expansion joints, according to NCDOT.
NCDOT says it will hold off on removing roadway and sandbags being bypassed by the Rodanthe bridge to allow the relocation of electrical transmission lines from the area along the current N.C. 12 to under the bridge.
The Coastal Resources Commission has given the N.C. Department of Transportation approval to build a turnaround and sandbag structure perpendicular to the shoreline where the existing highway will come to a dead end once the Rodanthe “jug handle” bridge is opened to traffic.
Scientists expect to see dramatic changes after a vulnerable segment of the Outer Banks highway is bypassed later this year and vehicles are rerouted via the nearly completed Rodanthe bridge.
Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard highlighted last year’s projects and outlined what’s to come in the year ahead Wednesday during the annual State of the County.
N.C. Highway 12 remained closed Monday following a weekend storm and high tides Monday night and Tuesday morning were expected to bring more ocean overwash.