NC 12 Improvements
An Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared. The 30-day public comment for the EA was open March 10, 2010 through April 8, 2010. The FONSI and SOF for Floodplains were signed by the Southeast Regional Director on May 13, 2010.
Beginning Monday, February 14, 2011, the section of NC 12 just south of Whalebone Junction Visitor Center to the intersection of SR1243 (Old Oregon Inlet Road) will be closed to traffic for approximately 30 days and all traffic will be detoured to SR 1243 during this period. A single lane of traffic will reopen on NC 12 as soon as possible. In addition, on February 21, 2011, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will begin construction along NC 12 from SR 1243 to the Oregon Inlet Bridge. This section of road will be open to single lane traffic.
The total road construction project from Whalebone Junction to Oregon Inlet Road will extend from February 14, 2011 through May 27, 2011. Motorists may encounter temporary traffic delays of up to 20 -30 minutes for north and southbound lanes while the projects are being conducted.
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The National Park Service (NPS) is working in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to make highway improvements within Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The proposed improvements would be on 5.28 miles of NC 12 on Bodie Island, from Whalebone Junction to the Bodie Island District Ranger Station at Coquina Beach Access Road. The proposed highway improvements would include rehabilitation of the roadway, replacement of existing culverts, and expansion of the existing 2-foot paved shoulder to a paved 5-foot shoulder. The proposed improvements are needed to improve the safety of cyclists and pedestrians using NC 12.