Besieged Highway 12 on Ocracoke reopens

OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. (WITN) – A coastal highway that has been under attack for the past six days by mother nature has won this round of the battle.

State highway officials say Highway 12 on Ocracoke Island reopened this afternoon.

The highway at the north end of the island has been closed since Saturday due to severe ocean overwash and sand.

The DOT says there is still some standing water and sand on the highway so drivers should slow down and drive with extreme caution.

Earlier in the week, the DOT said the road would be closed until Saturday.

Ferry service to Hatteras Island, which has been stalled all week, will resume with amended scheduling for Friday.

  • From Hatteras: 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 11 p.m. and midnight.
  • From Ocracoke: 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight.
  • The Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route will resume its regular spring schedule on Saturday.