Mechanical failure halts Hatteras Inlet dredging
N. C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will have to hold
off running its larger river-class ferries in Hatteras Inlet a little
longer. Mechanical failure shut down the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’
dredging project to fix the shoaling problem left in Hurricane Earl’s
Smaller Hatteras-class ferries are still running on the hour and making
extra trips to reduce wait times. Officials hope to resume dredging by
Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning.
Commuters could experience some delays until the dredging is complete.
NCDOT discovered the shoaling problem at Hatteras Inlet Wednesday,
Sept. 15, preventing the larger ferries from running. The
Army Corps of Engineers was brought in to dredge the channel, but was
forced to stop Saturday because of equipment failure.
For up-to-date information, call 1-800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and Press 1
or visit NCDOT Ferry at www.ncdot.gov/ferry/. In addition,
updates about ferry projects at twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.
September 17, 2010
Inlet ferries dealing with shoaling problem
North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division discovered
a shoaling problem at Hatteras Inlet Wednesday, Sept. 15, that is
preventing it from making extra runs for safety reasons, because the
larger river-class ferries used for these runs are at risk of running
The shoaling was apparently caused by winds and tides from Hurricane
Earl’s passage offshore on Sept. 3.
Wednesday and Thursday, the Hatteras route has been running four
Hatteras-class boats, which are smaller, non-stop to keep up with the
high volume of traffic.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been contacted and is working to
acquire the proper permits to begin the dredging process. It could take
between 24 smf 36 hours to get the permits in place.
Ferry Division officials say that within 48 hours they expect to be
back to normal running four Hatteras ferries and two river-class
In the meantime, travelers can expect delays at this location.
The Division will continue to run its summer schedule, which normally
changes after Labor Day, as long as the traffic demands.
According to recent traffic reports, the Ferry Division carried 3,000
more vehicles and 9,000 more passengers this August than last year at
the Hatteras-Ocracoke route. At all seven routes, 10,000 more vehicles
and 23,000 more people were transported this August than August 2009.
For up-to-date information, call 1-800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and Press 1,
go to www.ncferry.org
or sign up for updates or “tweets” at www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.