Nor'easter causes problems as Outer Banks recover from Sandy

From staff reportsNovember 7, 2012 

— The Nor’easter storm currently dumping snow from New Jersey to Main is also causing problems for areas along the Outer Banks damaged by Superstorm Sandy, according to a North Carolina Department of Transportation spokesperson.

The Nor’easter brought rain, wind and flooding to parts of the Outer Banks already damaged by Sandy and likely caused additional damage to N.C. 12 in Dare County.

In Kitty Hawk, the storm surge washed sand and water onto N.C. 12 while also washing away sand deposited by NCDOT workers to rebuild decimated dunes along the highway. Overwash also occurred at the south end of Pea Island at Mirlo Beach.

As the Nor’easter passed along the Outer Banks, NCDOT crews continued to work on Bonner Bridge and move sand in areas that were not impacted by the overwash.

NCDOT crews are to begin fully assessing the new damage Thursday morning.

Work to open four-wheel drive access from south of the Bonner Bridge to Rodanthe continues. Once a safe route is in place, crews will open one lane of the Bonner Bridge for four-wheel-drive vehicles only.

The department urges motorists to “know before you go” about traffic conditions along the Outer Banks. Up-to-date travel information can be obtained by calling 511, visiting www.ncdot.gov/travel or following NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter/.

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