Worsening conditions challenge Ocracoke ferry operations

Second in a series. Once the quiet and well-behaved counterpart to feral Oregon Inlet, Hatteras Inlet is now repeatedly afflicted by shoaling that defeats routine maintenance of the critically important Ocracoke ferry routes. “It’s ever-evolving,” Catherine “Cat” Peele, planning and development manager for the state Ferry Division, said in a recent interview. She added that bathymetric […]

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John Robert Wright, Jr.

November 16, 1956 – June 7, 2022 WANCHESE — John Robert Wright, Jr., 65, of Wanchese, NC, passed away on June 7, 2022. He was predeceased by his father John Robert Wright, Sr., and brothers Michael Sawyer, Ronald Sawyer, Timothy Von Wright, and Danny Tyson Wright. He leaves behind his life partner, Mary Susan Etheridge […]

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Merle Jean Wescott Daniels

October 8, 1937 – June 6, 2022 WANCHESE — Merle W. Daniels, 84, of Wanchese, NC, died on June 6, 2022, at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, Chesapeake, VA, of natural causes. Born in Manteo, she was a Wancheser for most of her life and a longtime member of Wanchese Assembly of God. Merle was the […]

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Beach Nourishment update for Avon and Buxton; Estimated arrival dates for dredges announced

Dare County, via Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co., has provided an update on the projected arrival dates for the two dredges that will be tasked with performing beach nourishment in the villages of Avon and Buxton. Avon Beach Nourishment: The dredge Liberty Island—which was previously scheduled to arrive in Avon in mid-June—is currently expected […]

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Project underway to replace oceanside boardwalk across from Ocracoke Pony Pens

A project is underway to replace the existing wooden boardwalk and viewing platform that is located across N.C. Highway 12 from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Ocracoke Pony Pens on Ocracoke Island. Heritage Contracting of Chesapeake, Virginia, (in a partnership with the Cape Hatteras National Seashore), is constructing the new boardwalk and viewing platform using […]

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New webcam installed at Bonner Bridge Pier

A new webcam was recently installed at the entrance to the Bonner Bridge Pier, located at the south end of Oregon Inlet, per an update from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS). New images from the webcam are uploaded approximately every 15 minutes to Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Bonner Bridge Pier webpage at https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/bonner-bridge-pier.htm. (Due […]

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Jug Handle Bridge opening delayed for pavement marking repairs

The anticipated opening of the Rodanthe ‘Jug Handle’ Bridge in Dare County is being delayed, because pavement markings installed earlier this week do not meet N.C. Department of Transportation specifications for quality or reflectivity. Flatiron, the prime contractor, after consultation with NCDOT, has elected to seek a new subcontractor to replace the substandard markings and re-stripe the bridge […]

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