Lines may be long for Hatteras-Ocracoke ferries

From staff reportsJanuary 20, 2012 

Delays may become common on the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route because shoals that have been building since Hurricane Irene in August have forced to state to begin using small vessels for crossing Hatteras Inlet.

The state Department of Transportation said Friday that tides also may require ferries to take fewer vehicles on some runs so the vessels will ride higher in the water, and they may cancel some runs.

Maintaining shipping channels is up to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. NCDOT said state and federal officials are working on a memorandum of agreement that has to be in place before dredging can begin.

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service