|Traffic will be halted on Bonner Bridge for 30 minutes on Monday, March 10|
North Carolina Department of Transportation will halt traffic on both
sides of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on Highway 12 over Oregon
Inlet at 9 a.m. Monday, March 10, for approximately 30 minutes while
the department’s Location and Surveys Unit performs a routine mobile
scan of the bridge. Read
|Construction underway on permanent bridge at Pea Island Inlet|
with the N.C. Department of Transportation and Parsons Construction
Group Inc. of Greenville, S.C., have begun preliminary work for the
construction of the permanent N.C. 12 bridge on Pea Island in Dare
of safety fencing and erosion control measures began last week. Crews
this week will begin mobilizing equipment to the project site. Read
|Dare voters will have many choices in this year’s elections|
County voters will have lots of choices to make this election year, and
not just one time. Numerous contests are on the ballot for both primary
and general election races, from municipal to federal offices, and
races with competition outnumber those with no opposition.
The only competitive race in Hyde County is for county sheriff where two Democrats are facing off in the primary. Read
|Highway 12 in Frisco reopens to through traffic|
24 hours after it closed for the North Carolina Department of
Transportation to repair a culvert at Peter’s Ditch in Frisco, Highway
12 reopened to through traffic just after dark this evening.
had been planned, the highway was shut down at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb.
28, to start work on the culvert repair. DOT and the contractor had
until 6 a.m. Monday to complete the repair, but all involved hustled to
get equipment staged and the work done. Read
|Ocracoke-Cedar Island ferry free after a day stuck on sand|
early morning ferry boat to Cedar Island was freed late this afternoon
after spending all day stuck in sand in the ditch in Ocracoke since
shortly after it left the dock.
never seen one stuck there before,” said Wilson Garrish, an Ocracoke
native who braved the chilly and gust northeast winds this afternoon on
the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching property near the
entrance to Silver Lake to see the grounded boat M/V Carteret. “The
wind is just keeping her there.” Read
|Residents and officials speak against ferry tolls at Ocracoke and Hatteras|
and mainland Hyde residents who attended a hearing last night on the
N.C. Department of Transportation’s plan to toll the Hatteras-Ocracoke
ferry were overwhelmingly against putting a toll on their only free
access to their homes.
toll on the Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry would devastate our local economy,”
said Chip Stevens, owner of Blackbeard’s Lodge, who made a PowerPoint
presentation on the unique qualities of Ocracoke.
150 people attended the Ocracoke hearing and a smaller, but equally
opposed to tolls, crowd attended last week’s meeting in Hatteras. Read
Ferry tolls back on the table; could it be as much as $7 for Hatteras to Ocracoke?
The specter of tolls on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route is again rearing its head.
December, the N.C. Board of Transportation adopted a resolution in
response to a law passed in the General Assembly last year that
authorizes the state DOT to “prescribe and collect tolls on the ferry
|Popular Hatteras Storytelling Festival returns May 2-4|
May, renowned writers, storytellers, and musicians from all across the
state will gather in Hatteras village to delight crowds with tales of
life, legacy, and lore as part of the second annual Hatteras
three-day event, scheduled for Friday through Sunday, May 2-4, this
year, is brimming with performances by both local and regional talent,
ample opportunity to indulge in the local cuisine and fresh seafood,
and, to top it all off, the boundless beauty of Hatteras Island. Read
|Sand woes: Emergency nourishment delayed again; ferry channel still being dredged|
too much sand in the Hatteras ferry channel and not enough on the beach
in Rodanthe, and state and federal officials are working on both ends
of Hatteras Island to address the issues.
emergency beach nourishment project near the S-curves in northern
Rodanthe is no longer considered an emergency by the federal
government, but after several glitches, the project is nearly back on
|Court of Appeals grants oral arguments in Bonner Bridge case|
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., today agreed to hear
oral arguments in a case that pits environmental groups against the N.C
Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration
over the plan to replace the aging Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet.
The oral arguments will tentatively be heard during the May 13-16 session of the court. Read
|It’s snowing on Hatteras and Ocracoke! WITH SLIDE SHOWS|
been snowing all day on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. It’s a
wet, heavy snow with big, fat flakes falling – and not too much wind,
so you can actually watch them fall.
the wind isn’t blowing the snow into drifts as it usually does out
here, leaving some areas bare and others with several feet. ...Read
|Commissioner says slot machines on ferries would raise more money than tolls|
County Commissioner John Fletcher of Ocracoke has a better idea for
raising revenue for the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry
Division. He said adding slot machines on the big ferries that
make the 2-plus hour Pamlico Sound crossing would bring in more money
than tolling. ...Read
|Hatteras and Ocracoke get little snow, only misery from winter storm…WITH SLIDE SHOW|
lovers on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands were disappointed by the slight
½- to 1-inch snowfall – much less than 8 inches or so that was forecast
a couple days ago. Instead of snow, we got only misery.
temperatures have been in the 20s all day. The roads are treacherous
for vehicles. Steps and walkways are icy and dangerous for even those
on foot. Schools are closed, but it’s so cold and there’s been so
little snow that few if any folks have been sledding. And the power has
been out on Ocracoke for much of the day. ...Read
|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.
“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. ...Read