Work continues on Outer Banks road repair

State transportation officials say they are continuing repair work to N.C. 12 along the Outer Banks and hope to have the hurricane-damaged road reopened in the early part of October.

A portion of N.C. 12 south of Nags Head has been closed since Hurricane Irene washed out sections of the highway in late August. The N.C. Department of Transportation is repairing two breeches and installing a temporary bridge.

Officials say that at the washed-out section near Rodanthe, crews are shaping the sand embankments at the "S" curves to meet the correct elevation. At the damaged roadway section on the south end of Pea Island, crews are planning to asphalt the road in the next few days. Asphalt trucks were sent to the area via ferry earlier this week.

And at the Pea Island bridge site, crews have installed more than half the concrete footings and are installing the bridge framework.

The damage has cut off southern parts of the Outer Banks from the northern section.