December 20, 2013
Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry to
temporarily use alternate route
safety concerns and lack of a deep water in the regular Hatteras Inlet
channel, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry
Division today announced that its ferries on the Hatteras-Ocracoke run
will be using the longer “alternate route” until dredging work in the
channel is completed.
always the top priority of the Ferry Division,” said Division Director
Harold Thomas. “Our captains are not comfortable with the current
condition of the regular ferry channel, so we are maintaining service
by switching to the alternate route and also asking the Army Corps of
Engineers to do some dredging work in the channel as soon as possible.
Once that work is complete, we will resume running the shorter route.”
“alternate route” is approximately 13-15 minutes longer than the
regular route, so Hatteras-Ocracoke ferries will run on an amended
schedule until further notice. The schedule is as follows:
5 a.m., 6, 8, 9, 11, Noon, 2 p.m., 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, and midnight.
4:30 a.m., 6:30, 7:30, 9:30, 10:30, 12:30 p.m., 1:30, 3:30, 4:30, 6:30, 7:30, 9:30, 10:30, and 12:30 a.m.
in Hatteras Inlet has been a constant concern over the past year, and
the Army Corps of Engineers has been regularly dredging the area to
keep the channel navigable.
The Ferry Division is hoping to return to its regular route in a matter of weeks.