June 2, 2017
Contract Awarded for Construction of State's First Passenger Ferry
ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village is a major step
closer to reality this week. On Tuesday, the N.C. Department of
Transportation awarded a $4.15 million contract to Armstrong Marine
Inc. of Port Angeles, Washington, for construction of a 98-passenger
catamaran-style ferry. The vessel will be built at Armstrong Marine's
eastern shipyard in Swansboro, North Carolina.
we've been laying the groundwork for some time now, this contract
officially puts the passenger ferry project on the public's radar,"
said Interim Ferry Division Director Jed Dixon. "We are hoping that by
this time next year, direct passenger ferry service to Ocracoke Village
will be up and running."
ferry will run between Hatteras and Silver Lake Harbor, allowing
passengers to disembark in the heart of Ocracoke Village. From there,
visitors will be able to navigate the village on foot, bicycle, or golf
cart, or catch a new shuttle service that Hyde County will be providing
in conjunction with the passenger ferry. The new ferry service will
supplement the Ferry Division's existing car ferries, and is designed
to ease summer traffic congestion on the popular route.
of the project funding comes from a Federal Lands Access Program grant.
The grant also covers infrastructure improvements at Hatteras and
Ocracoke that will accommodate ferry passengers. Under the terms of the
contract, Armstrong Marine is expected to deliver the new ferry by
April 28, 2018.
contract was one of 14 road, bridge, and ferry projects recently
awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation. They totaled $186.8
million, and were awarded to the lowest qualified bidders, as required
by state law.