2/24 UPDATE: A shuttle service from the north and south sides of the construction site will run Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2; Dare County Transportation and Dare County Schools will provide service from the Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies in Buxton on the north side of the site, and from the Frisco Bath House parking area on the south side of the site.
Shuttles will depart at 7, 9 and 11 a.m., and at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. and drop passengers off near the construction site.
NCDOT will provide a temporary pedestrian walkway for access across the closure. Riders will then board the shuttle on the opposite side and continue to the parking area for that side of the closure. Service will also be provided to Oden's Dock in Hatteras on Saturday. The shuttle service is only available at the parking areas listed above and no other sites.
There is no parking near the construction area, so anyone who plans to utilize the temporary walkway must use the shuttle service.
Off-road vehicles can use a temporary route through Cape Hatteras National Seashore at Ramp 45 near Lighthouse Road and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton, and at Ramp 49 near Billy Mitchell Airport in Frisco, to detour through the park for a distance of approximately 8.6 miles, including paved and over-sand routes. The sand route will be open to four-wheel-drive vehicles only.
FRISCO -- Part of NC 12 in Frisco will be closed for several days and there's no detour.
Dare County and the state Department of Transportation are trying to figure out how to create access for emergency personnel from 7 p.m. Friday, February 28 until 6 a.m. Monday, March 3.
Area residents and visitors are advised to plan ahead for the closure.
NCDOT is replacing a culvert pipe just south of Timber Trail. NCDOT says crews will dig up the road, remove the existing pipe, lay the new pipe and then reconstruct the road surface.
Officials say there will be a resurfacing project in Frisco this Spring.
On the NCDOT Facebook page, Hatteras residents and business owners were concerned about being cut off.
'How can you completely cut off two communities for an entire weekend? People have jobs they need to get to, appointments, and other commitments. What about the people who have plans to come to Hatteras that weekend? It is bad enough when this happens due to flooding and now you are purposely doing it? Can't you do it one lane at a time and keep one lane open?,' wrote Jane Heitsenrether.
Brian Scall added, 'As a business owner and resident of Hatteras Village I am truely dissapointed in NCDOT. Closing 12 on a weekend with no alternate route is just poor planning and shows us taxpayers that they are not thinking of our best interests. Why were business owners not warned? Why do we hear about it on Facebook? When was the decision made and by who? '
NCDOT responded, saying 'Folks, we are forwarding on your concerns and questions to the local department personnel who have been directly involved in planning this project. Once we have answers, we'll post them here.'