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Politics

Future of Highway 12 Discussed

Hurricane damaged Highway 12 on Hatteras Island is the subject of two public workshops this week. The only road along parts of the Outer Banks was breached in several places by Hurricane Irene in August. Traffic is rolling again on temporary fixes, but state officials want to move forward with permanent repairs. Greer Beatty works for North Carolina's Department of Transportation.

Greer Beatty: "Our goal is to make sure that we have transportation options available to people so they can get to these places and enjoy them, but at the same time we want to balance protecting that fragile environment and making decisions that will be of benefit in the long run to the community as a whole."
Beatty says several options will be discussed beginning today in Manteo. She says people can read about the plans and provide input on the DOT's website.

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