McCrory said the declaration will help the DOT move ahead with a short-term solution to protect the coastal highway from frequent overwash.
A series of storms, including hurricane sandy last fall, resulted in severe beach erosion along the highway at the S-curves.
"The people there have real concerns about the road they depend on to get to work, school or medical appointments," said Governor McCrory. "They need a highway that is not forced to close every time a storm approaches. By declaring a State of Emergency, NCDOT can fast-track work to rebuild the beach along the S-Curves, so we can keep the road open until a long-term solution is in place."
NCDOT has also acquired $20.8 million in Hurricane Sandy emergency response funding from the Federal Highway Administration to pay for the beach nourishment.