Additional Weekend Departures Added to Swan Quarter Route to Assist Travelers to Ocracoke Thursday, May 10, 2012


RALEIGH — To assist travelers while shoaling problems continue at the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route, the N.C. Ferry Division has added two additional departures from both sides at the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke route this weekend.

On Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13, there will be a 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. departure from Swan Quarter, in addition to the already scheduled 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. departures. Also, there will be a 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. departure from Ocracoke, in addition to the already scheduled 7 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. runs.

The Ferry Division will continue to monitor the channel and could possibly extend the extra runs. Also, Ocracoke and Hatteras residents can ride toll free on a space available basis until the channel is clear. They are asked to make a reservation and provide proof of residency.

It was announced earlier this week that travelers using the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route could encounter delays, load weight restrictions and possible suspensions due to extreme shoaling of the Hatteras Inlet channel. Suspensions have occurred daily.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working to resolve the problem, as the channel falls under federal jurisdiction.

Travelers can make a reservation for the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke route by calling 800-BY-FERRY (293-3779) and pressing 2 or online at www.ncferry.org. To sign-up to receive messages on Twitter regarding suspensions or route changes, go to www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.
 
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