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NC Road Link To Outer Banks Reopens After Irene

October 11, 2011

By The Associated Press

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RALEIGH, N.C. - The road that links the North Carolina mainland to Hatteras Island has reopened, more than a month after damage from Hurricane Irene blocked land access to that portion of the Outer Banks.

The state Department of Transportation said N.C. 12 opened to motorists after 5 p.m. Monday.

The famed two-lane highway has been closed since Irene struck on Aug. 27. The Category 1 storm carved a new inlet north of Rodanthe. Several breaches in the road needed extensive repairs and restoration.

Repair work has included the construction of a temporary bridge over a new inlet on the north end of Hatteras Island. Engineers hope a permanent solution will be ready by 2016.

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Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Story image: A new temporary bridge linking Hatteras Island, N.C. to the mainland is shown Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, L. Todd Spencer

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