Pamlico Sound Ferry Routes Return to Published Schedule
After a month-long dredging effort by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
the North Carolina Ferry System is returning to its regular published
schedule on the Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke ferry
routes as of 4:30 p.m. today. All vehicle size and weight restrictions
have also been lifted.
The dredging began in March, after the ferry channel in Bigfoot Slough
just outside of Ocracoke's Silver Lake Harbor became too shallow for
the M/V Swan Quarter and the M/V Sea Level to pass through it. That
required the Ferry Division to reduce its schedules on Pamlico Sound
until dredging was complete.
"We appreciate the hard work the Army Corps of Engineers did in Bigfoot
Slough under rough weather conditions," said Ferry Division Director
Harold Thomas. "We're happy to be returning to normal operations on
Pamlico Sound, and look forward to a busy summer season."