RALEIGH — Responding to public
requests, the N.C. Department of Transportation
has added a third public hearing about proposed toll changes on its ferry
routes. The added event will be Wednesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the
Ocracoke School gym, 120 Schoolhouse Road. The hearings previously announced
will be held in Raleigh on March 11 and in Grantsboro on March 18.
The hearing involves proposed rate increases on the Southport/Fort
Fisher, Swan Quarter/Ocracoke and Cedar Island/Ocracoke routes and the addition
of tolls on the Bayview/Aurora and Cherry Branch/Minnesott Beach routes,
effective July 1 of this year.
A formal presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. Following the
presentation, the meeting will be open for statements, questions and comments.
Anyone wishing to speak should register to do so at the sign-in table prior to
The ferry toll hearing will be held the same day as a public meeting
in Ocracoke to discuss the long-term solution for the section of N.C. 12 on Pea
Island breached by Hurricane Irene in 2011. That meeting is scheduled for 4 to
7 p.m. at the Ocracoke Community Center, at 1009 Irvin Garrish Highway.
For more information about the upcoming meeting, contact Jamille
Robbins, NCDOT- Human Environment Section, at 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh
27699-1598, (919) 707-6085 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans
with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to participate in this
hearing. Anyone requiring special services should contact Robbins as soon as
possible so that arrangements can be made.