Updated: Monday, 11 Mar 2013, 9:42 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 11 Mar 2013, 4:02 AM EDT
MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and state Transportation Secretary Tony Tata (TAY-ta) are getting a taste of the tenuous travel for residents of the Outer Banks as the main highway is often closed by waves and sand.
McCrory and Tata traveled by car down N.C. Highway 12 from Manteo to Mirlo Beach on Monday. They saw for themselves how nature has forced the road's temporarily closure over the past few days until conditions improved.
McCrory and Tata say the state is looking at short-term solutions to keep the road open, as well as long-term plans ahead of the crucial summer tourist season.
DOT officials are discussing an environmental assessment that identifies the preferred choice for keeping the highway open as a permanent bridge where a temporary bridge is now located.
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