Ocracoke-Hatteras Ferry Run Facing Possible Delays

Officials say travelers using the Hatteras-to-Ocracoke ferry route could face delays due to extreme shoaling in the channel between the two islands.

The N.C. Department of Transportation's Ferry Division says it's having to use smaller vessels because of the channel depth. Depending on the tide, DOT may have to delay a crossing or take a smaller load of vehicles.

The shoaling in the Hatteras Inlet channel began after Hurricane Irene and officials say it's gotten progressively worse. The Ferry Division is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to resolve the problem.

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  • by 5X Location: Close on Jan 21, 2012 at 07:40 PM
    Since the state legislature has decided to allow a portion of the working sector of Beaufort and Pamlico counties have to subdisize the DOT I am sure in all fairness they are going to ask the tourist to pay for dredging the channel. Probably put a collection jar in every trap on Pirate Island. Better yet build a platform on front of a ferry and let them fill a solo cup to take back. w
  • by Taxpayer on Jan 21, 2012 at 03:57 PM
    Wonder how the General Assembly caused IRENE and shoaling? Republicans must be close to GOD...thought OBAMA was the second coming!
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Jan 21, 2012 at 02:14 PM
    More "hoopla and media coverage so as the people think we need to have the dollas to rebuild that asphalt retainer wall out on the outter banks. Reduced scheduling makes for louder moans and groans and the people will say "obtain the funding" and our great grandchildren will be eatting stale bread after standing in line an hour for it.
  • by Smittty Location: Enc on Jan 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM
    Dont worry theyll have it it fixed before the tourists show up for summer vacaton! Got to give away those free rides while the rest of us Carolinians whose also us the ferries in other areas will be paying for it!
    THANKS TO OUR MOST WONDERFUL AND INTELLIGENT GENERAL ASSEMBLY!
    Its not the ferry divisions fault its the general assemblies! GET EM OUT! We can do it!
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      by James Tiberius Kirk on Jan 21, 2012 at 05:15 PM in reply to Smittty
      You do understand all that tourist money saves you in taxes. But you can cut your leg off to fix your foot. Not the way most would fix the problem but it is obvious from your post you are smarter than the rest of us.
  • by Smittty Location: Enc on Jan 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM
    Dont worry theyll have it it fixed before the tourists show up for summer vacaton! Got to give away those free rides while the rest of us Carolinians whose also us the ferries in other areas will be paying for it!
    THANKS TO OUR MOST WONDERFUL AND INTELLIGENT GENERAL ASSEMBLY!
    Its not the ferry divisions fault its the general assemblies! GET EM OUT! We can do it!
  • by tarheel Location: greenville on Jan 21, 2012 at 10:32 AM
    have no worry they will have the bigger boats ready for the summer.make that money
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