RALEIGH — Travelers using the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route could encounter delays due to extreme shoaling of the channel that is causing the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division to use smaller vessels because of the depth. Also, depending on the tide, they may have to delay a crossing or take a smaller load of vehicles.
The shoaling in the Hatteras Inlet channel began post-Hurricane Irene and has progressively gotten worse. The Ferry Division is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to resolve the problem, as the channel falls under federal jurisdiction. A Memorandum of Agreement between the two parties is being pursued.
Travelers can call the Hatteras terminal at 252-986-2353 for updates or sign-up to receive messages on Twitter by going to www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.