Last night, Hatteras Island received motivation and hope for the damaged caused by Hurricane Irene to Highway 12, South of Nags Head, North Carolina from the Federal Highway Administration.This route is the only access to the mainland, and it's a major deal if you know what I mean. North Carolina will receive a whopping $23 million federal highway grant as reimbursement for the rehab work conducted on NC 12, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The grant covers rebuilding and/ or repairing any damage to federal highways or roads back in August 2011.The Outer Banks had approximately $54 million worth of damage after the hurricane, and it caused a major inconvenience for residents as well as vacationers. The storm created two different channels when it ripped parts of Highway 12 out. As of right now there is a temporary bridge in place which cost the transportation department between $11 million and $21 million to build. Decisions will be made on January 20th, including public comments and options. Check out a video of snapshots taken after the storm.