June 6, 2013
Army Corps of Engineers changes dredging plan again
operations in the Hatteras ferry channel were suspended today to allow
the Dredge Merritt to get to safe harbor to ride out the expected high
winds and choppy waves caused by Tropical Storm Andrea through Friday.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan is to get the Merritt back to work in the channel on Saturday.
Corps of Engineers says the Merritt will continue dredging operations
until it is determined the channel is cleared enough to allow for safe
operation of the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route on its original route.
that happens, the Coast Guard will mark the channel with navigational
aids, and the Ferry Division will do test runs of the route to ensure
it is safe for regular use.
An initial plan to have the
Merritt clear the channel enough for the larger Dredge Murden to come
in and haul sand out of the area was changed by the Corps of Engineers
when it was determined the Murden was too large to operate properly
within the size limitations of the channel.
The Merritt started the dredging operation last week with the goal of clearing a 10-to-12 foot depth along the route.
handle the increased passenger traffic going into the summer, the Ferry
Division had moved the Hatteras-Ocracoke route to its summer schedule
on May 7. And an additional six trips in each direction were added on
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