Shoaling, low water force limits on two Ocracoke ferry routes

By on February 25, 2018

Dredging will be finished in a week or two. (NCDOT)

Shoaling and low water in Big Foot Slough has prompted the North Carolina Ferry System to temporarily limit the size and weight of vehicles using the Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke routes.

Vehicles over 40 feet will not be allowed on the Pamlico Sound routes, and each departure will carry no more than 25 vehicles, an NCDOT statement said.

The restrictions will remain in place until the Army Corps of Engineers can finish dredging the channel.

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“The safety of our passengers and crew is always our top priority,” said Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas. “We hate to impose these restrictions, but it’s the only way we can continue to operate the Pamlico Sound routes safely until channel conditions improve.”

Dredging is expected to be complete in one to two weeks.

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