November 2, 2012
Friday’s storm update:
Emergency ferry, storm debris, highway work
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.
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.
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
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
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 www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.
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
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.
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
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.)
4. Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics (oil, bleach, toilet cleaner, televisions, computers, etc.)
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
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.
underwater surveys for scour using side-scan sonar were completed
yesterday, Thursday, Nov. 1. That data is being processed and evaluated.
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
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.
of the temporary bridge continue, and work to remove damaged pavement
and guardrail on the roadway approaching the bridge is underway.
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.
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.
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
roadway is open to traffic from Rodanthe to the Hatteras ferry
terminal, with some sand and water at a few isolated locations.
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
- NCDOT opened both lanes to traffic yesterday. Some sand and water remain on the road.
Coast Guard will have haunted house on Saturday
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!”