Faced with critical shoaling concerns at the northern end of Ocracoke Island, the North Carolina Ferry Division will be adapting its spring schedule on the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route to accommodate an emergency dredging effort, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) said in their latest announcement.
In addition, there will be two “shuttle” ferries that will make unscheduled departures during peak periods to help alleviate any congestion, according to NCDOT.
“With this adapted schedule, we’ll be able to solve a serious shoaling problem while also meeting the needs of citizens,” said Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas.
“We need to have the navigational issues on Ocracoke fixed before the peak of the visitor season arrives.”
The Hatteras-Ocracoke route will resume its published spring schedule when dredging operations are complete.