December 4, 2013
Dare sets priorities on emergency ferry,
extra ferry added at Swan Quarter
By IRENE NOLAN
County Emergency Management has set its schedule for priority loading
on the emergency ferry between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe.
ferry will be operating as long as the Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet
is closed because of safety concerns. The bridge was closed Tuesday
afternoon, and the emergency ferry started a regular schedule this
Dare County Manager Bobby Outten said he and the
county’s emergency manager Sandy Sanderson have been monitoring the
ferry lines, and so far there have been few problems.
said that there will be special ferry runs for fuel trucks, and
islanders with medical appointments will have priority on the ferries.
Otherwise, he said, the county is not going to set up a more detailed
priority system for residents at this time.
"We don't have a
big visitor population this time of year," he said, adding that if a
conflict develops, it's easily remedied. "It's a phone call to fix it.
“If it becomes a problem for our people getting to work, we will do something.”
Management is also cooperating with a family with a funeral on Friday
on Hatteras, he said, and will do the same if there are other events,
such as a wedding.
“Once we get through the weekend, we will know more,” he said, “but so far, so good.”
The following vehicles will be given priority loading in Stumpy Point and Rodanthe:
- Dare transport vehicles with labels on the door
- People with documented medical appointments
- FedEx, UPS, and U.S. Postal Service vehicles
- Maintenace vehicles for onsite restroom facilities (portable toilets at the Rodanthe ferry dock)
- Medical transport for pharmaceuticals
- School buses for school events
to a news release from The North Carolina Department of Transportation
Ferry Division, the emergency route between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe
went into full operation Wednesday, with steady traffic and
short-to-moderate wait times reported at both terminals.
waiting for the ferry at the Rodanthe docks were backed up this
morning, with traffic spilling onto and down Highway 12.
in order to ease congestion on the emergency route and allow extra
access between Ocracoke and the mainland, the Ferry Division has added
an additional round-trip run on Pamlico Sound between Ocracoke and Swan
The new schedule, effective immediately, is as follows:
- Departing Ocracoke: 7 a.m., 10 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.
- Departing Swan Quarter: 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Ferry Division also announced that fuel trucks will have designated
runs on Tuesdays and Fridays from Stumpy Point at 5 a.m. and from
Rodanthe at 4:30 p.m. This will allow more deck space for regular
vehicles on the other runs.
“The Ferry Division will
continue to monitor traffic on the route to determine if any additional
runs are needed,” according to the news release.
For more information or questions on Dare County’s priority loading guidelines, call Dare Emergency Management at 252-475-5655.