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McCrory declares state of emergency for OBX road

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency for N.C. Highway 12 on the Outer Banks.

McCrory said the declaration will help the DOT move ahead with a short-term solution to protect the coastal highway from frequent overwash.

A series of storms, including hurricane sandy last fall, resulted in severe beach erosion along the highway at the S-curves.

"The people there have real concerns about the road they depend on to get to work, school or medical appointments," said Governor McCrory. "They need a highway that is not forced to close every time a storm approaches. By declaring a State of Emergency, NCDOT can fast-track work to rebuild the beach along the S-Curves, so we can keep the road open until a long-term solution is in place."

NCDOT has also acquired $20.8 million in Hurricane Sandy emergency response funding from the Federal Highway Administration to pay for the beach nourishment.

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