Culvert replacement to sever NC 12 in Frisco beginning Friday

From staff reportsFebruary 25, 2014 

— Repair work that requires tearing up N.C. 12 in the southern Outer Banks will turn it into a road to nowhere this coming weekend, the state Department of Transportation warns.

A culvert under the lifeline highway needs replacing the state said in announcing that it will close the road in Frisco, just south of Timber Trail, from 7 p.m. Friday until the work is done, which the agency says will be 6 a.m. on Monday at the latest.

The road also is likely to be down to one lane during the day Friday as crews try to get as much work done as possible before they have to close the road, NCDOT said in an announcement.

The state and Dare County are putting a shuttle bus service into effect along with a pedestrian walkway past the closure area and parking lots north and south of it.

People who have access to four-wheel-drive vehicles will be allowed to use a detour route through the Hatteras National Seashore that uses paved and sand sections, the announcement said.

No paved detour around the work site is available.

NCDOT said officials wanted to get the work done now rather than as an emergency project if the culvert failed and before a repaving project scheduled for the spring.

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