We're giving away a FREE Wave Crest License Plate from OBX Store!! All you have to do is like our facebook page: facebook.com/OBXstore and share this photo at this LINK! The winner will be announced Friday May 3rd, stay tuned!!
We just added an Outer Banks Art section to the site to feature local Artist Jim Fineman and his beautiful creations! Jim creates his works of art in Manteo and gives each one of his creations a unique spin! (pun totally intended)
Whether you are interested in jewelry such as earrings or necklaces, or his pottery collection featuring serving dishes, bowls, vases, and much more. With Jim's work, there is certainly something for just about everyone in the OBX store! Shop today at OBXstore.com for all gifts unique to the Outer Banks.
The N.C. Department of Transportation says a fix is coming soon to problems that developed shortly after the completion of last year’s U.S. 158 resurfacing in Currituck County.
The top layer of asphalt, known as “friction course,” rubbed off the base pavement in part of the Barco intersection not long after the project was finished last fall.
Large ruts developed in the southbound lanes approaching the intersection of N.C. 168 and U.S. 158, and expanded as vehicles crossed the busy intersection over the winter.
As traffic turns at the intersection on to Shortcut Road toward Elizabeth City, the gravel like substance has also worn away from the base layer in the center of the intersection and is piled up on each side of the travel lanes.
A similar problem has also cropped up in Grandy and Jarvisburg.
Daniel Ots, assistant resident engineer for the NCDOT Elizabeth City construction office, said the department and RPC Contracting of Kitty Hawk were immediately aware of the problem when it started in November and have already worked out the details on how to fix it and who will pay for it.
Rather than just patch things up, RPC crews will mill down and then reapply the friction course in the affected areas.
“They have taken full responsibility for the problems and are ready to get it fixed,” Ots said. “This will be a major repair.
The total project cost $13.4 million and involved removing the old asphalt and applying a new base layer and friction course from Barco to the Wright Memorial Bridge in Point Harbor.
“The friction course allows the water to go down through the asphalt, down to the underlying layer,” Ots said. “Once it gets down to that layer, it will travel along the slope of the road until it runs off on the shoulders.”
The NCDOT wants the problems corrected before Memorial Day weekend but realizes that will depend strictly on the weather.
“The friction course has certain air temperature constraints,” said Ots. “It is difficult to work with.”
When the final layer of asphalt was being laid at the Barco intersection, traffic trying to turn west on U.S. 158 towards Elizabeth City was detoured to Barco Road, which is less than a mile farther north.
But a number of travelers ignored the barrels placed in the lanes, and drove over the hot asphalt almost as it was being applied.
“They will do a better job of signing the detour and keeping vehicles off the friction course until it is ready,” Ots said.
We just added some great new items for the little ones in our Outer Banks Children's Store. New Sweet Life Youth T-Shirt's and OBX Route 12 Youth T-Shirt's have been added just in time for spring/summer!
If you know a little one that loves the Outer Banks as much as you do, then these are the perfect gift items! Shop today at OBXstore.com
Be sure to use OBX Store Coupon Code KIDS15 to save 15% in the Children's Store section for today only!
With a new season just around the corner we are very pleased to offer some great new products and some very special deals from OBXstore.com!! Whether you're trying to spruce up your Outer Banks rental property for the 2013 season or looking to add some unique pieces to your home, look no further.
These hand painted Outer Banks Lighthouse bottles are a great addition for any mantel or table decoration. Each bottle is filled with various types of seashells. Hand painted details showcase the beautiful Cape Hatteras and Bodie Island Lighthouses in all their glory!
Looking for that Special one of a kind piece for the front door of your OBX vacation rental or home, we have the prefect piece! This driftwood star sculpture is an incredible piece created entirely from small driftwood pieces and formed into a Star.
All products are available today in our store! Click Here to shop instantly! Save 10% Off all Driftwood Items with Promo Code: DRIFT10
Created entirely from individually sourced driftwood pieces this Driftwood Sea Turtle Sculpture is a very unique piece of art. The turtle can be placed on a shelf, table, or just about anywhere and is a great way to show off your love for the beautiful Outer Banks and it's native wildlife. This item is available for sale online at OBXstore.com
With all of the interest we have been receiving for more Sweet Life apparel options, we decided to add a few more to the site! We now offer Sweet Life hooded sweat shirts, sweat shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, and short-sleeve t-shirts. We print all of our shirts on top quality Gildan tees for long lasting life. Shop all of the latest products at OBXstore.com
Created from individually sourced pieces of driftwood this dragonfly mobile/wind chime is a very unique piece of art. Mobile can be hung just about anywhere and is a great way to show off your love for the beautiful Outer Banks. This item is available for sale online at OBXstore.com
We are very excited to offer your favorite products from all of the Outer Banks Town Stores like, Corolla, Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Wanchese, Hatteras, and Ocracoke. We have t-shirts, ornaments, and all sorts of great items for you to remember these fantastic places!
Sweet Life Gear is now carrying the Sweet Life Nags Head sticker. This one of a kind sticker is only featured at obxstore.com and is also available for bulk purchases at sweetlifegear.com Oh how Sweet it is!
OBXstore.com is excited to announce a few of our very own obx tee shirts that just recently hit the store!! We have recently added the Sweet Life OBX t shirt which is printed on 5 different colors so you can choose your favorite one, or even two!
Coffee might be my one true weakness. If you come to the Outer Banks, let me point you in the right direction, Front Porch Cafe. Whether you go to the Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, or Manteo location you will not be disappointed! The staff at FPC does a fantastic job making whatever type of coffee you fancy. And with all great coffee deserves a great mug, this handcrafted Outer Banks mug from OBXstore.com is that perfect option!
These earrings are truly one of a kind and we've had rave reviews over them!
"I received 5 pairs of the Silver Plated Sand Dollar Earrings and am very glad to see that these earrings are very well made. I will order this product again!" -Tricia
OBXstore.com is pleased to announce that for a limited time all Seashore Jewelry will be 50% so this is a great oppurtunity to check out these silver plated sand dollar earrings or any other great items in the Seashore Jewelry section!
Other than our beautiful beaches and amazing restaurants, the Outer Banks is widely known around the world for the Wright Brothers and their amazing achievement. The Wright Brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.
On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur changed history in Kill Devil Hills with three successful flights - 120 feet, 175 feet and finally 200 feet in distance. On October 24, 1911, the Wright Brothers set a record for soaring 9 minutes and 45 seconds.
OBXstore.com is pleased to offer all of the great Wright Brothers memorabilia in our store. Right now we have Wright Brother hats, short and long sleeve t-shirts, mugs, and several other iconic items. Click Here to shop today!
Sweet Life Gear is now carrying the Sweet Life NYC sticker. This one of a kind sticker is only featured at obxstore.com and is also available for bulk purchases at sweetlifegear.com Oh how Sweet it is!
When I stepped outside this morning I was hit in the face by old man winter, 23° to be exact. Although it is mid January, last weekend we were experiencing temperatures in the 60s so this first real cold on the Outer Banks was a real wakeup call! I’ll just be glad when we’re back into t-shirtweather and the water temps are up. Who’s ready for summer!?
The folks at OBXstore.com are proud to announce the new website SweetLifeGear.com! The Sweet Life Gear website features stickers created to showcase your love for the various Outer Banks townships along with other popular Cities. Whether it’s on an Island, Sandbar, Mountain Top, or in the City show off your love for the Sweet Life with these one of a kind decals and stickers!
|Crews Continue to Make Progress on N.C. 12 in Dare County||Monday, December 10, 2012|
|RALEIGH – Over the weekend, N.C. Department of Transportation crews continued working on the temporary solution to reconnect all traffic on Hatteras Island to points north of Mirlo Beach.
Between Friday, Dec. 7 and Sunday Dec. 9, crews filled and placed approximately 160 sandbags along a 0.4-mile section of N.C. 12 at the S-Curves just north of Rodanthe on Pea Island. As of Sunday evening, crews have placed 456 of the 1,800 sandbags needed to create a protective barrier between the ocean and the road. Once all of the sandbags are in place, crews will rebuild the dunes on top of the sandbags.
Crews brought in 495 truckloads of sand from the sand pit in Avon to fill sandbags, build up the dunes and assist with rebuilding the roadway.
In addition, crews installed survey stakes in the road bed in preparation for grading, prior to repaving. All sections of damaged pavement were removed over the weekend. After sandbags are installed at the most heavily damaged parts of the highway, crews will begin rebuilding the road where it was located before the series of storms hit. All work is heavily dependent on the weather and tidal conditions.
Crews hope to open the newly paved lanes of N.C. 12 to all traffic on or by Dec. 25. Until then, four-wheel drive vehicles must continue to pass through checkpoints at the temporary bridge on Pea Island and at Mirlo Beach to travel between Hatteras Island and the mainland.
Motorists are reminded that any vehicle larger than a one-ton truck cannot use the route in order to protect access and allow traffic to flow more efficiently. In addition, vehicles with trailers are not permitted. Two-wheel drive vehicles are not allowed on the route under any circumstance.
Drivers of four-wheel drive vehicles should expect a rough ride, which will include traveling over soft sand and some water. On the sandy portions of the route, they will follow lane markers comprised of barrels, cones and/or flags.
NCDOT asks motorists to follow these important safety measures on the four-wheel drive access:
In addition, a new webpage that showcases projects along N.C. 12 from the replacement of the Bonner Bridge to short and long-term solutions for the breaches caused by Hurricane Irene last year is now live at http://www.ncdot.gov/nc12/.
(Editor’s note: To view images of hurricane recovery efforts along the Outer Banks, visit the NCDOT Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ncdot/.)
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We recently added two new products to the OBX Store. Be sure to check out the Heavy Metal OBX Bottle Opener and the North Carolina Outer Banks Splendor Vanity Plate. The bottle opener features a durable full metal design built to last! The tin vanity plate features the 5 Historic Outer Banks Lighthouses with the classic Carolina Sunset. Featured Lighthouses are Currituck located in Corolla, Bodie located in the Bodie Island area of South Nags Head, Hatteras located on Hatteras Island, Ocracoke located on Ocracoke Island, and Cape Lookout located the furthest South in Cape Lookout, North Carolina. Click here to shop today!