OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) — Contractors will soon be placing sandbags along a stretch of N.C. 12 on North Carolina's Outer Banks to protect the road from getting washed out again.

The Raleigh News & Observer reported Thursday that the North Carolina Department of Transportation is using the sandbags to reinforce a ridge of sand between the Atlantic ocean and the road on Ocracoke Island.

The new dune replaces one that was washed away by Hurricane Dorian. The September storm flooded the island and buckled about 1,000 feet of roadway.

Highway 12 reopened in early December. Contracts will lay sandbags along three-quarters of a mile of the roadway near the north end of the island.

N.C. 12 runs for about 12 miles from Ocracoke Village to the north end of the island, where ferries can be taken to and from Hatteras Island.

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