It will still take motorists a bit longer to get by ferry between Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.
The Ferry Division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation says tests were performed this week on the traditional Hatteras Inlet ferry route.
But those tests showed the usual route is still too narrow and shallow for ferries until more dredging is completed.
So the ferries will continue to follow the alternate route across the inlet which is about 20 minutes longer. The route has been used since December.
That ferry is the most popular one in the state. Last week ferries on the route carried almost 9,000 vehicles and 27,000 passengers.