Construction, Budget Cuts Create Problems For Ferries

Two construction projects are adding up to one big problem for people who rely on a ferry to get to and from work.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation says people driving to the Cedar Island Ferry terminal in coastal Carteret County will run into construction on both major arteries to the ferry docks. Officials say sewer lines are being installed along the side of U.S. 70 between Beaufort and North River. There is also repaving on N.C. 101 between Havelock and Beaufort. Both of these roads take ferry travelers to Cedar Island.

Drivers are cautioned to leave 30 to 60 minutes earlier than normal.

Meanwhile, budget cuts are part of the reason some other ferry passengers should get used to delays. Officials say they have deleted some runs on all ferry routes, including Hatteras to Ocracoke. Complicating the matter is a Coast Guard rule which limits workers to 12-hour shifts, though that's ultimately for everyone's safety. Ferry officials say expect delays at the Hatteras to Ocracoke run.

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  • by I like Division of Ferries Location: Washington on Aug 6, 2009 at 02:15 PM
    You can say anything you like about the Ferry employees. They are all very nice and helpful. They have a thankless job. I think they are great and probably the most forgotten state employees. Thanks, girls and guys for your work.
  • by SQ Location: Eastern NC on Aug 3, 2009 at 10:54 AM
    What is there to spend money on in SQ? I stopped at the little convient mart before leaving SQ and besides being a dump, carried almost no food or snacks.
  • by George Location: OI on Aug 3, 2009 at 09:09 AM
    How do you figure SQ run aren't affected? only running 2 round trips instead of 4 and throttled back to save fuel and take longer. You must not ride much SQ benefits.
  • by Ocracoke Location: Ocracoke on Aug 3, 2009 at 09:06 AM
    Move the SQ ferry terminal to New Holland and save us all millions over the years and an hour per trip!
  • by SQ benefits! Location: Hyde Co on Aug 3, 2009 at 08:10 AM
    Since Swan Quarter is the only roads or routes not bothered, hope more people will spend some dollars on the Swan Quarter mainland. Don't take all your monies to Ocracoke!

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