The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has started assessing Hurricane Florence affected roads, including areas in the southeastern part of North Carolina along I-40 and I-95 that remain underwater.
As of 3 p.m. EST Wednesday, Sept. 19 the NC Trucking Association reported that about 800 sections of road were still closed with about 750 of those in the eastern half of the state. Most closures are due to flooding or road damage, including some that are blocked by fallen debris.
The state is working to inspect roads and bridges and determine if they are safe to open or should remain closed. Being that roads conditions can change and GPS systems are not routing motorists around the affected areas, the department is still urging all not to drive in areas that were affected by the Hurricane.
NCDOT has deployed more than 100 employees to help fix roads in the New Bern area.
The following main thoroughfares in southeastern North Carolina remain flooded or blocked by debris:
- Greene County – N.C. 58 northbound at the Wilson County line.
- Jones County – N.C. 41, N.C. 58 in Trenton; and U.S. 17 in Pollocksville.
- Lenoir County – N.C. 11 southbound at Skinner’s Bypass in Kinston.
- Brunswick County – Sections of N.C. 130, N.C. 133, N.C. 211, N.C. 87, N.C. 904 and N.C. 906.
- Duplin County – Sections of I-40, N.C. 111, N.C. 24, N.C. 241, N.C. 403, N.C. 41, N.C. 50, N.C. 903, and U.S. 117.
- New Hanover County – Sections of I-40, N.C. 132, N.C. 133, U.S. 117, U.S. 17, U.S. 421, U.S. 74 and U.S. 76.
- Pender County – sections of I-40, N.C. 133, N.C. 210, N.C. 50, N.C. 53, U.S. 117 and U.S. 421.
- Sampson County – Sections of N.C. 24, N.C. 242, N.C. 411, N.C. 903, U.S. 13, and U.S. 701.
- Onslow County – Section of U.S. 17 due to pavement washout.
Main roads in the northern coastal region that are impacted, include:
- Hyde County – N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island remains closed from the Pony Pen north to the Ferry Dock due to protective dune loss and pavement damage; U.S. 264, N.C. 45 and N.C. 94 have sections of flooding, but remain open.
- Tyrrell County – U.S. 64 Business and N.C. 94 have areas of flooding but remain open.
- Pasquotank County – N.C. 344 has sections with flooding but remains open.
- Perquimans County – U.S. 17 Business and N.C. 37 experienced some flooding but remain open.
- Currituck County – N.C. 168 and N.C. 615 have areas of flooding but remain open.
And, main roads impacted in central North Carolina include:
- Wayne County – N.C. 55 closed between Seven Springs and Mount Olive due to washouts; U.S.13 west of Overman Road is closed due to flooding; I-795 northbound lanes closed south of the Goldsboro Bypass due to slope failure; and N.C. 111 southbound closed from Neuse River flooding.
- Wilson County – N.C. 222 closed due to flooding south of Stantonsburg, and U.S. 58 is closed north of Bartie Road near Stantonsburg.
- Bladen County – U.S. 701, N.C. 41, N.C. 53, N.C. 210, N.C. 211 and N.C. 211 Business closed in sections.
- Columbus County – U.S. 74, U.S. 74 Business, U.S. 76, U.S. 701 Business, N.C. 87, N.C. 130, N.C. 211, N.C. 904, and N.C. 905 closed in places.
- Cumberland County – I-95, U.S. 13, U.S. 301, N.C. 24, N.C. 59, N.C. 87, N.C. 210 and N.C. 690.
- Harnett County – I-95, U.S. 401, N.C. 27, N.C. 82, and N.C. 217 closed in sections.
- Robeson County – I-74, I-95, U.S. 74, U.S. 301, U.S. 501, N.C. 41, N.C. 71, N.C. 72, N.C. 83, N.C.130, N.C. 211 and N.C. 904 are closed in sections.
- Chatham County – U.S. 15/501 from Pittsboro to U.S. 1 in Lee County closed due to overtopping of Deep River; U.S. 421 closed due to flooding from the Deep River.
- Lee County – U.S. 421 closed due to the cresting of the Deep River.
- Moore County – Portions of N.C. 22 and N.C. 690 are impassable due to flooding.
- Scotland County – U.S. 401 is impassable in multiple locations throughout the county; U.S. 401 Business in Laurinburg is closed; U.S. 501 is closed due to high water in three locations near the Robeson County line, as well as at the Hoke/Scotland County line due to partial roadway washout at Drowning Creek (headwaters of Lumber River); and U.S. 74 Business is closed in east Laurinburg due to flooding near the approach to a bridge.
For specific road closures in South Carolina visit South Carolina 511.
Additionally, the state’s Traveler Information Management System is up-to-date with detour routes that are least likely to flood. Click here for a full list of those routes less likely to flood.
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