Announces Additional Weekend Departures Added to Swan Quarter Route to Assist
Travelers to Ocracoke
RALEIGH - To
assist travelers while shoaling problems continue at the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry
route, the N.C. Ferry Division has added two additional departures from both
sides at the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke route this weekend.
On Saturday, May
12, and Sunday, May 13, there will be a 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. departure from Swan
Quarter, in addition to the already scheduled 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. departures.
Also, there will be a 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. departure from Ocracoke, in addition to
the already scheduled 7 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. runs.
The Ferry Division
will continue to monitor the channel and could possibly extend the extra runs.
Also, Ocracoke and Hatteras residents can ride toll free on a space available
basis until the channel is clear. They are asked to make a reservation and
provide proof of residency.
It was announced earlier this week that
travelers using the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route could encounter delays, load
weight restrictions and possible suspensions due to extreme shoaling of the
Hatteras Inlet channel. Suspensions have occurred daily.
The U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers is working to resolve the problem, as the channel falls under
Travelers can make a reservation for the Swan
Quarter-Ocracoke route by calling 800-BY-FERRY (293-3779) and pressing 2 or
online at www.ncferry.org. To sign-up to receive messages on
Twitter regarding suspensions or route changes, go to www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.
Wallace Communications Officer NCDOT - Ferry Division 8550 Shipyard
Rd. Manns Harbor, NC 27953 252.473.3461 (work) 252.473.1490 (fax)
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