The state D.O.T. is adding more emergency ferry runs for Hatteras Island.
The D.O.T. says commuters told them they wanted an additional early evening run on the ferry between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe. So, starting Thursday they will add a 6:15 p.m. departure from Stumpy Point and an 8:45 p.m. departure from Rodanthe.
The state says people at a public meeting Tuesday night in Buxton had expressed concern that some were having trouble making the 5:00 p.m. run from Stumpy Point, so this will allow those folks to get home at a reasonable hour.
The emergency ferries have been running since the state shut down the Bonner Bridge because of safety concerns. There is no word on when the 2.7 mile bridge will reopen.
After consulting with passengers and officials from Dare and Hyde counties, The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division has established additional runs on its Stumpy Point/Rodanthe and Swan Quarter/Ocracoke routes to help increase access to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands during the closure of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge.
Beginning immediately, the Ferry Division is adding departures from Stumpy Point at 11 p.m. and 3:30 a.m., and from Rodanthe at midnight and 1:30 a.m. The new schedule for the Emergency Route is now as follows:
Departing from Stumpy Point: 3:30a.m., 5, 6:30, 8, 9:30, 11, 12:30p.m., 2, 3:30, 5, 9:30, and 11.
Departing from Rodanthe: 1:30a.m., 6, 7:30, 9, 10:30, noon, 1:30p.m, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:30, and midnight.
In addition, fuel supply trucks will have designated runs on Tuesdays and Fridays from Stumpy Point at 5 a.m. and from Rodanthe at 10:30a.m. and 4:30 p.m. This will allow more deck space for regular vehicles on the other runs.
The Ferry Division is also amending its regular Pamlico Sound schedule, adding another round trip to its Swan Quarter/Ocracoke route beginning Tuesday, December 10, with an additional departure from from Ocracoke at 7p.m. and from Swan Quarter at 10p.m. The new schedule for our regular Pamlico Sound routes will be as follows:
Departing from Swan Quarter: 10a.m., 1p.m., 4, and 10p.m.
Departing from Ocracoke: 7a.m., 10, 12:45p.m, and 7p.m.
Departing from Cedar Island: 7:30a.m, 10, and 4p.m.
Departing from Ocracoke: 7:30a.m, 1p.m., and 4p.m.
The Ferry Division will continue to monitor traffic on the route to determine if any additional runs are needed.