DOT forums to discuss permanent N.C. 12 repairs

The state Department of Transportation will hold two public workshops next month to discuss options for N.C. 12 on Hatteras Island, which was damaged by Hurricane Irene.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reported the first public forum is scheduled Dec. 5 at the Dare County Administrative Building in Manteo. The second is to be held Dec. 6 at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center on the island.

The road provides the only access for vehicles to the island. Hurricane Irene cut off the island when it struck in August by creating a new inlet and other breaches. The transportation department built a temporary bridge over the inlet and repaired the breaches but is now looking for more permanent repairs.