MANNS HARBOR -Progress continued this week on the dredging
of the Hatteras ferry channel. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project will clear
a 10 to12-foot depth along the route between the ferry facilities on Hatteras
The dredge Richmond is working its way toward Ocracoke. The closest section of the route to
Hatteras has been finished, and weather permitting, the next section could wrap
up by early next week. The project is considered more than 65 percent complete
and a survey next week is expected to offer an update on the progress.
The dredging project
began in early December, but shallow channel conditions forced the suspension
of the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route on Jan. 18. An alternate route between the
two docks began operations today, and will continue until the channel has been
cleared enough to allow the regular route to be used again.
For more information
about the Hatteras ferry route, travelers can sign-up to receive messages on
Twitter by going to www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry
or visit the N.C. 12 Facebook page.