Saturday, February 05, 2011

Some Practical Information for Travelers

I recently received this press release:

Expect Temporary Delays on NC 12 in Cape Hatteras National Seashores
Bodie Island District for Next Several Months

Date: February 1, 2011
Contact: Cyndy Holda, 252-473-2111 Ext. 148

Superintendent Mike Murray announced today that in mid-February
contractors from multiple agencies including the National Park Service
(NPS), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), North Carolina
Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the United States Navy, will
begin construction projects including resurfacing of NC 12 in the
Bodie Island section of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The projects

Replacement of drainage pipes along NC 12 by NCDOT

Preparation of road shoulders for widening NC 12 by NCDOT

Removal of several buildings associated with operation of an existing
radio tower by the US Navy

Paving of NC 12 from Whalebone Junction south to Highway 1243 (Old
Oregon Inlet Road) by the FHWA

Paving of the Bodie Island Lighthouse Road and parking areas

Replacement of the water line from Highway 1243 to the Bodie Island Lighthouse

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

For more information, please contact the park at 252-473-2111 ext. 148.

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  1. Anonymous6:50 AM

    Good to know. Thanks, Philip!

  2. Greetings from Pennsylvania Philip,

    I wanted to let you know that I read your blog often (even if I miss a few days, I read past posts) and really appreciate being able to follow your life on Ocracoke.

    I vacationed with my family on Howard Street this past summer and it was a magical time. We stayed for a week next to Blanche's house and read your book of stories. We'd often see Blanche sitting on the front porch and my wife wanted to stop over and meet her for a chat - but she always missed her chance.

    I had been drawn to Ocracoke ever since my first visit in the late 70's, but never stayed there, except for an aborted camping venture with our first born daughter in '84 on the heels of hurricane Julia - too windy, so we stayed at the motel.

    Your pictures of snowy Howard Street brought back fond memories of that same view (sans snow, of course) and I shared them with my wife our three kids.

    We'll be sure to return, and I'll make it a point to introduce myself at your shop.


  3. Anonymous10:26 AM

    Sounds like the Obama stimulus package in action. Projects on the books for years but due to a lack of funding... --- the removal of two buildings related to an operational radio tower... hmmm. I remember the UF campus had Quonset huts for many of the admin offices. hey, they were recycling back then in the 70's; but those huts had been there for years, anyway, are there many "recycled" or re-purposed edifices on OI or will they apply for a permit and Demolish the structures?? Invest in salt futures.

  4. Anonymous10:53 AM

    Now, that is a nice blog from another person (Jeff) who truly "gets Ocracoke"!

    Hope you will get to meet Blanche the next time around.

    I would like to meet her myself!

    I am delighted to say I spent an enjoyable few minutes on the front porch @ the Ocracoke Community Store one breezy, fall afternoon in October, 2009 sitting in a rocking chair, talking to Philip.

    This is how it happened....I just walked up to the porch landing, introduced myself, and Philip said, "If you have a minute, sit down for a while." So, he, another fellow and I "chatted" for about 15 minutes or so. Their hospitality made me feel like a bonefide Ocracoke resident for those few minutes! It may not have been a big deal to Philip, but it certainly made my day!

    It's just one of many Ocracoke memories I'll never forget....simple and genuine!

    Remember, I may be a NC mainlander, but my heart is always thinking of Ocracoke!

    You see, I also "get Ocracoke"!!! :)