NC 12 on Outer Banks ready for traffic

Deputy Cliff Tice of the Dare County Sheriff's Department walks down damaged and impassable NC 12 leading into Mirlo Beach in Rodanthe, N.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. People on North Carolina's Outer Banks are facing some flooding and damage from Hurricane Sandy, but emergency management officials say it could have been worse. North Carolina Transportation Department spokeswoman Greer Beaty said the highway was closed Tuesday until crews inspect the road. (AP FILE photo)

Deputy Cliff Tice of the Dare County Sheriff's Department walks down damaged and impassable NC 12 leading into Mirlo Beach in Rodanthe, N.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. People on North Carolina's Outer Banks are facing some flooding and damage from Hurricane Sandy, but emergency management officials say it could have been worse. North Carolina Transportation Department spokeswoman Greer Beaty said the highway was closed Tuesday until crews inspect the road. (AP FILE photo)

RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) — People headed to Hatteras Island for the Christmas holiday or as early as Thursday have some good news: the last section of N.C. Highway 12 damaged by Superstorm Sandy is ready for traffic.

The final section of the road damaged north of Rodanthe reopened around 7 p.m. Wednesday. Crews from the state Department of Transportation began repaving the section Tuesday and putdown the second layer of asphalt Wednesday. Crews then had to paint stripes and reconstruct shoulders.

Now that the road is open, DOT will close the four-wheel-drive route, remove the checkpoints and reopen the highway to all traffic. Sandbag installation and dune reconstruction will continue.

The emergency ferry route between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe is also closed now that the road is open again.

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