July 11, 2017
Request Approved for Improvements to Support
a NCDOT Hatteras-Ocracoke Passenger Ferry
National Park Service (NPS) has approved a plan submitted by the North Carolina
Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to construct improvements to support a
Hatteras-Ocracoke Passenger Ferry.
Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was recently signed by Stan Austin, the
Director of the Southeast Region of the National Park Service, completing the
National Environmental Policy Act and National
Historic Preservation Act processes which began earlier this year.
requested a special use permit (SUP) from the NPS to construct several
facilities within the boundaries of Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore)
to support the operation of a new passenger ferry system. The Hatteras-Ocracoke
Passenger Ferry project will help provide another option for transportation
service to the Seashore and may alleviate some of the vehicle congestion and
wait time experienced during the peak tourist season from May through September.
The SUP will authorize NCDOT to construct several improvements
plans to begin construction on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands during the
2017/2018 winter season.
existing Hatteras ferry terminal space will be converted into two
additional parking areas to accommodate passenger vehicles and NCDOT
ferry division employees.
- A new open air
passenger waiting facility will be constructed in front of the Ocracoke
Visitor Center to shelter passenger ferry users from the sun and rain.
improvements will be constructed to connect the passenger waiting area
to the Ocracoke Visitor Center and ferry dock to create safe
passageways for travelers.
- A transit pullout
area in front of the Ocracoke Visitor Center will be constructed to
allow for safe pickup and drop-off of passenger ferry users.
new restroom facility will be constructed behind the Ocracoke Visitor
Center on an existing trailer foundation to augment existing restroom
- The existing boardwalk/ramp at the Ocracoke Visitor Center will be relocated to the right side of the deck area.
of the EA and the FONSI can be found on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public
Comment (PEPC) website at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/caha_NCDOTpassengerferry.