Bridge Replacements To Disrupt Traffic On Ocracoke Island This Winter

Seven bridges linking the island community of Ocracoke with ferry service to Hatteras Island will be replaced this winter. Not one at a time but all in a ninety day period.

During the project, visitors and residents wishing to travel to the ferry docks on the north end of Ocracoke Island will need an off road vehicle to make the trip. But island residents are are taking the disruption in stride. Local resident Julie Howard says putting up with the inconvience is kind of like going to the dentist... It's better to just get it over with.

Residents and visitors wont need four wheel drive to access the Cedar Island or Swanquarter ferries to the south and west. The 8 million dollar project will begin in january and is expected to be completed by march 15th.

There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday evening at 7:00 at the Ocracoke Community Center. State Department of Transportation Officials will be present to answer questions.