The ferry has been suspended since mid-January since a winter storm caused rapid shoaling across Hatteras Inlet. The Army Corps of Engineers has been dredging the inlet but has not yet completed the work that would allow the ferry to resume its usual route. However, a new route was identified last week and final testing was conducted on the alternate route yesterday. The ferry trip will take longer … about 70 minutes compared to 40 minutes on the normal route. Because of the re-opening of the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry, extra passages added to the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke ferry have been discontinued. I’m George Olsen.