November 2, 2015
Dare County Board of Commissioners this morning approved spending
$113,000 for the county's share of a project that is aimed at
relieving the severe shoaling problems at Hatteras Inlet.
Commissioners vote to fund Hatteras Inlet dredging
By IRENE NOLAN
The vote on the measure to approve the funding was unanimous.
Dare County manager Bobby Outten told the board members that the total
cost of the project is estimated to be $452,000 -- with the county
paying one-fourth, and the state paying the remaining 75 percent from
its inlet management fund.
The N.C. Department of Transportation Ferry Division will head up the
project to remove approximately 75,000 cubic yards of sand from an
area, about 1,150 feet wide, that will open up the so-called "northern
route" for commercial, charter, and private boats and other vessels to
get from the state's ferry channel to the Hatteras Inlet gorge and into
the Atlantic Ocean.
The work will be done by a state-owned pipeline dredge, and the sand
will be deposited at a state-owned spoil site on the south end of
Ocracoke near the ferry docks. The spoil sand will
eventually be used by NCDOT to repair the dunes on the island that were
flattened in storms in late September and early October.
According to a schedule provided by the Ferry Division, the work will
take about 75 days and will be finished about Jan. 21, weather
permitting. The dredge will work 12 hours a day, from 6 a.m. until 6
p.m., seven days a week.
Set-up for dredging the 800-foot west side of the project will begin
this week with dredging beginning about Nov. 13 and ending Dec.
23. Dredging on the 350-foot east end will begin about Jan. 1 and
finish about Jan. 21.