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RALEIGH, NC - The N.C. Department of Transportation says overwash on N.C. 12 in Kitty Hawk isn't stopping crews from moving and placing sand along the ocean side of the highway to rebuild the dune that was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.

Officials hope to open the highway on Pea Island to four-wheel drive vehicles by noon Saturday. Initially, the vehicles will only have access to one lane of the highway and Bonner Bridge. In some parts, they will travel over sand, officials cautioned.

In addition, NCDOT will close the four-wheel drive route from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the first few days to ensure motorist safety during the overnight hours. Once crews open both lanes of the temporary bridge, the department will allow four-wheel drive traffic 24 hours per day.

On Pea Island, the Nor'easter did not hamper progress to repair the tension cables on the deck of the Bonner Bridge, but it has washed sand and water onto N.C. 12 at the temporary bridge. As the water recedes, crews will continue their work to rebuild the highway approaching the bridge.

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