HARBOR – Despite
dealing encountering bad weather and mechanical issues in recent weeks,
progress continues on the dredging of the Hatteras ferry channel. The U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers project will clear a 10 to12-foot depth along the route
between the ferry facilities on Hatteras and Ocracoke.
dredge Richmond completed work in the Rollinson Channel last week and
is currently working in the northwestern side of the Hatteras Inlet. It has
encountered considerable shoaling as a result of recent storms that hit the
coast, but the project is considered 75 percent complete.
dredging project began in early December, but shallow channel conditions forced
the suspension of the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route on Jan. 18. An alternate
route between the two docks began operations on February 22, and will continue
until the channel has been cleared enough to allow the regular route to be used
original expected completion date for work was March 31, but because of the
weather delays and some mechanical problems with the dredge, the project is now
expected to wrap up in mid-April.
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