Currituck - The Department of Transportation's Ferry Division unveiled its new terminal and welcome center for the Currituck-Knotts Island ferry route today.
Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson, along with state and Currituck County officials, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the $2 million facility.
"This beautiful new facility will be a welcome addition for ferry passengers and other Currituck County visitors," said Secretary Tennyson. "Here, travelers will be able to take a break from their journeys while discovering a little bit about the unique history and geography of the area."
The new building replaces a smaller, outdated one that was built in 1985. It will house Ferry Division Offices, as well as restrooms and vending machines for travelers and a display on Currituck County heritage.
"This is yet another piece of good news for Currituck residents who depend on this ferry route," said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. "Not only do you have a wonderful new terminal here, but thanks to the budget Governor McCrory signed last month, you now know this route will continue to be toll-free and sustainable."
The new terminal and welcome center, built by A.R. Chesson Construction Company, had 80 percent of its funding covered by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration, with N.C. Transportation funding the remaining amount.
The Currituck-Knotts Island ferry route was created in 1962 to help Knotts Island school children avoid a 100-mile round trip commute through Virginia to attend school on the mainland. To this day, Knotts Island students use the ferry daily to get to and from school and extracurricular activities.