In an effort to help residents who are trying to deal with the heavily flooded and virtually impassable Edgewater Club Road in the Porters Neck area of northern New Hanover County, the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to build a temporary rock road through the flooded area beginning Wednesday morning.
According to New Hanover County spokeswoman Ruth Ravitz-Smith, standing water on Edgewater Club Road has affected over a thousand residents’ ability to get in and out of the area.
In a release from NCDOT officials, at about 9 a.m., crews from five area NCDOT county offices in the southeastern part of the state will begin placing rock down on the flooded roadway. While that work is under way, the road will be shut down to all traffic, even vehicles that had been able to get through the flooded roadway.
Officials from the NCDOT expect the temporary road to be completed by Wednesday evening.
The initial loads of rocks will be placed in a pattern to create a one-lane stretch of about 400 to 500 feet along the flooded road. Crews will then re-load their trucks with slightly smaller rocks to place on the base layer. While they are doing that, it is hoped the roadway can briefly be opened in that one lane pattern. Once the next load of rocks arrives on the scene, the road will be shut down again. The process will be repeated one more time with loads of even smaller rocks put in place, and the road closed again. The intent is to build a temporary path that will allow vehicles to go through the flooded area, but riding on the rocks above the water.
NCDOT officials recommend drivers will need to proceed slowly and very cautiously on the temporary road and stay in a straight pattern to make sure they don’t slide to the side and possibly into water.