MANNS HARBOR – A survey conducted this past weekend by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers identified an alternate channel at Hatteras Inlet that could temporarily be used to provide ferry service.
The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division has formally asked the U.S. Coast Guard to mark it with navigational aids to resume ferry service sometime next week, weather permitting.
The alternate channel is approximately 11 miles long and will take about 1 hours, 25 minutes to cross one-way. It is a temporary solution only until dredging is completed on the primary route. A ferry schedule will be announced once the USCG has placed the navigational aids, and the ferry division has conducted a trial run. Once ferry service resumes, the extra runs added to the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke route to accommodate residents and vendors will cease, as will toll exempt status.
As of today, the dredging project at the Hatteras ferry channel was 65 percent complete by quantity. An update on further progress will be provided as soon as additional information is received from the Corps.