The N.C. Department of Transportation has identified three sections of N.C. 12 south of Rodanthe in Dare and Hyde counties that have experienced overwash events in recent years:
- The Buxton Canadian Hole “hot spot” (STIP No. R-4070B) begins near Old Lighthouse Road in the Buxton community and extends north approximately 4.7 miles to Ocean View Drive in the southern portion of the Avon community. The N.C. 12 Feasibility Study from Avon to Buxton was completed December 2015.
- The Hatteras Village "hot spot" (STIP No. R-3116 B) begins near Elizabeth Avenue in Hatteras Village and extends north 1.7 miles.
- The Ocracoke Island "hot spot" (STIP No. R-3116 A) begins just south of the Hatteras ferry terminal and continues 4 miles southward on Ocracoke Island.
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NCDOT is developing feasibility studies that will include an analysis of potential short-term and long-term options for each project area and will also examine each project's potential environmental impacts and preliminary project costs.
The feasibility studies will assist NCDOT in appropriating funds and scheduling the projects in the State Transportation Improvement Plan. Once the projects are scheduled, NCDOT will begin the full project development process.
Project Overview and Purpose for Potential Improvements
N.C. 12 is the lifeline for the communities on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, connecting the islands to each other and to the mainland of North Carolina.
Island residents depend on the roadway for off-island community services, such as hospitals, emergency response and waste collection. N.C. 12 is also the primary evacuation route for all permanent and temporary residents on the islands when severe weather approaches.
Storms frequently cause the ocean to overwash N.C. 12 and deposit large quantities of sand over portions of the roadway. The storms sometime damage the N.C. 12 roadway itself, interrupting access and services to the island and placing severe hardships on island residents.
The worse the damage to N.C. 12, the longer it takes NCDOT to repair the roadway. Longer repair times increase delays in using N.C. 12 and increase the hardship to residents needing access through the island and to the mainland. N.C. 12 must be continually repaired and maintained to prevent permanent loss of access on Hatteras Island.
The primary purposes of the proposed projects are to implement interim measures to maintain the integrity and viability of a transportation system (movement of people, goods and services) with minimal interruption of traffic service.
Nora McCann, E.I.T.
Project Planning Engineer
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1548 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1548
Hatteras Island Projects
Julie Flesch-Pate, AICP
Project Manager, AECOM
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701 Corporate Center Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607
Ocracoke Island Projects
Nicole Bennett, AICP
Project Manager, WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff
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434 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Resources for Local Property Owners
In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.