DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Portions of Highway 12 on the Outer Banks will remain closed into Tuesday afternoon.
The Department of Transportation says Highway 12 from the Marc Basnight Bridge to Rodanthe is shut down due to the impacts of a storm system along the coast.
The DOT says they are confident the road can reopen later on Tuesday, but officials say the timing will depend on the 11 a.m. high tide effects.
NC12 still closed this AM between Basnight Bridge & Rodanthe. We are confident we can have this stretch reopened and safe for travel today. Timing will depend on 11 a.m. high tide effects. Avoid travel here until we give the all-clear. Check back here or https://t.co/QO3Vrvj1kk.
— NCDOT NC12 (@NCDOT_NC12) November 9, 2021
Ocean water destroyed the dunes during high tide Sunday morning and sent water rushing over the highway, forcing the roads to close to traffic.
The DOT said crews continued on Monday to push sand off the highway where it is safe to work. But the DOT says the overwash continued in some areas.
Drivers are asked to avoid travel on Highway 12 as it is extremely dangerous to travel through flooded roads. The DOT is also reminding drivers to not go around or remove barricades because it is against the law.
Copyright 2021 WITN. All rights reserved.