November 2, 2012

Friday’s storm update:
 Emergency ferry, storm debris, highway work

Lines today and yesterday for the emergency ferry from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe were long.  However, reports last evening was that the Ferry Division was getting all vehicles from both sides moving.

The Ferry Division will add more ferries beginning tomorrow.  Re-entry restrictions on visitors to Hatteras were lifted today.

If you plan to use the emergency ferry, arrive early and be prepared to wait.

The only priority given for emergency ferry service is for essential commodities and materials, as determined by Dare County Emergency Management and the Ferry Division.  County Emergency Management has also said that priority will be given to Hatteras residents for medical emergencies and appointments for such treatments for chemotherapy, but not for doctor’s appointment.

Anyone who has questions about re-entry to Hatteras Island or the emergency ferries can call Dare County Emergency Management at 252- 475-5655 or visit

Here are the other highlights from today:

Emergency ferry schedule

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division is adding three runs to the Stumpy Point-Rodanthe emergency route beginning Sat., Nov. 3. This brings the total number of runs each day to 10 from each side.
Those wishing to use the emergency route are reminded to expect long waits and to be patient, as priority status is still in effect.
The Stumpy Point-Rodanthe schedule, beginning Saturday, Nov. 3 is:

  • Departing Stumpy Point at 5 a.m., 6:30, 8, 9:30, 11, 12:30 p.m., 2, 3:30, 5 and 9:30.
  • Departing Rodanthe at 6 a.m., 7:30, 9, 10:30, noon, 1:30 p.m., 3, 4:30, 6 and 7:30.

Ferry information is available by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and pressing 1, or via Twitter at

Directions to the Stumpy Point Emergency Ferry Dock at 100 Log Storage Road, off Highway 264:  Take Highway 64 to Highway 264.  Follow Highway 264 approximately 13 miles past the entrance to the village of Stumpy Point.  Signs for emergency ferry service are posted to ferry entrance that will be on your left. 

Directions to the Rodanthe Emergency Ferry Dock at 23170 Myrna Peters Road, Rodanthe:  Turn west off Highway 12 onto Myrna Peters Road, which is located just north of the Community Building in Rodanthe. 

Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry schedule

Beginning today, visitors were allowed to enter Hatteras Island via the Hatteras Inlet ferry. The ferry is still running every two hours.

The Hatteras-Ocracoke schedule is

  • Departing Hatteras at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4, 6, 8, 10 and midnight; and
  • Departing Ocracoke at 5 a.m., 7, 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.

For visitors wishing to come to Hatteras through Ocracoke, keep in mind that travel from Cedar Island to Ocracoke and Swan Quarter to Ocracoke requires a reservation by calling 1-800-293-3779.

Information on storm debris pickup

Storm debris pickup for the unincorporated areas of Dare County includes all of Hatteras Island, Manteo outside, Wanchese, Manns Harbor, East Lake, Stumpy Point, Martins Point, and Colington (including inside the gate):
Storm Debris should be placed on the side of the road for pick up. Debris should be placed in 4 separate piles:

1.  Vegetative Debris (limbs, leaves, branches, sea grass, etc.)
2.  Construction and Demolition Materials (building materials, concrete, shingles, etc.)
3.  Metal
4.  Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics (oil, bleach, toilet cleaner, televisions, computers, etc.)
Debris taken to the Dare County Transfer Station in Manns Harbor will be charged the usual tipping fee of $65/ton. The same applies for the Buxton Transfer Station.

The brush yard site located at 1018 Driftwood Drive in Manteo is closed for vegetative drop off until further notice. This site is open for recycling purposes only.

Bridge and highway update from DOT

Bonner Bridge

  • The bridge is being used by NCDOT and contractors working on Highway 12 south of the bridge. The department expects to have a contract in place in the next several days to repair the tension cables within the deck of several spans. The bridge cannot open to traffic until Highway 12 is open south to Rodanthe.
  • Additional underwater surveys for scour using side-scan sonar were completed yesterday, Thursday, Nov. 1. That data is being processed and evaluated.
  • A contractor had been performing scour repairs before the storm, but had to leave for safety reasons and has remobilized and is continuing work.

Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe

  • Additional equipment and personnel have been brought in and are making good progress clearing sand from the roadway. Currently, four track excavators, eight bulldozers and eight front-end loaders plus support equipment are operating in this area. This includes NCDOT resources and three contractors.
  •  Inspections of the temporary bridge continue, and work to remove damaged pavement and guardrail on the roadway approaching the bridge is underway. 
  •  At Rodanthe, crews are clearing sand from the roadway north and south of the damaged pavement at Mirlo Beach. The department is working with other state and federal agencies and contractors, and expects to have a contract for repairs underway in the next several days. This work is expected to take several weeks to complete.
  • NCDOT employees have been working extended hours over the last week and will continue working during daylight hours through the weekend to clear sand from this more than 10-mile stretch of highway. Sand in many areas was several feet deep on the highway.
  • Employees from nearby divisions are being brought in to relieve many of the local equipment operators and will work through the weekend to continue this work to clear the road. 

Rodanthe to Hatteras

  • The roadway is open to traffic from Rodanthe to the Hatteras ferry terminal, with some sand and water at a few isolated locations.
  • Hatteras Island can be accessed by taking the emergency ferry from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe, which is making 10 runs daily from each side, or through Ocracoke.
  • Ocracoke
  •  NCDOT opened both lanes to traffic yesterday. Some sand and water remain on the road. 

Coast Guard will have haunted house on Saturday

The men and women of U.S. Coast Guard Hatteras Inlet will have a haunted house on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 6 until 10 p.m. at the station near the ferry terminal in Hatteras village. Their message to the community is “Come if you dare!”

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