ENC Regional News
6:06 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Dredging operations on Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route resume

Dredging operations to clear the old Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route have resumed.

INTRO ā€“ Efforts to restore the original Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route got back underway this weekend. George Olsen has more.

Dredging operations got underway this past Friday on the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route that has been closed since an overnight storm on January 18th left the channel too shallow for ferries to travel safely. Ferry runs were cancelled until a new longer route was established on January 22nd. The Army Corps of Engineers conducted dredging operations on the original route in the spring but tests in late April showed that sand had started to shift back into three different areas dredged several weeks earlier, making those areas unsafe for ferry travel. Current dredging operations will work a 12-hours-a-day schedule. Iā€™m George Olsen.