According to an article on the web site hamptonroads.com, "NCDOT officials estimated Friday [September 30, 2011] that the roadway [NC Highway 12 on the Outer Banks] will be fully reopened by Oct. 15."
This means, of course, that the 662-foot, two-lane, temporary causeway which spans the new inlet at Rodanthe is scheduled for completion by mid-October. NCDOT spokeswoman Greer Beaty is quoted as saying, "When we say temporary, that means it can last years and years. Temporary does not mean, like, six months. It can mean a decade if it has to. What we mean is it's made of metal and it's in a coastal environment and, after a series of 10, 20 years, metal will corrode with the saltwater. So it is not a permanent solution for that location."
Nevertheless, this is good news for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.
You can read the entire article here: http://hamptonroads.com/2011/09/temporary-bridge-hatteras-island-nearly-complete.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of slavery on Ocracoke. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092111.htm.