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Dredging Forces Changes to Pamlico Sound Ferry Routes

Ocracoke Ferry

Posted on April 25, 2017

By Jason O. Boyd, WCTI12

The ferry routes between Ocracoke, Swan Quarter and Cedar Island will be altered starting Saturday due to shoaling in the federally-controlled channel at Bigfoot Slough.

Water levels will be very low, especially at low tide, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation. The limited schedules will remain in effect until the dredging operation is complete.

The ferries will run on a limited schedule as follows:

Ocracoke to Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Cedar Island to Ocracoke: 7 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Ocracoke to Swan Quarter: 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Swan Quarter to Ocracoke: 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

“We have asked the Army Corps of Engineers to perform an emergency dredging operation as soon as possible, and we’re hoping to see that operation begin next week,” said Ferry Division Interim Director Jed Dixon in a press release. “Until then, we have to limit our schedule in the area in order to operate safely.”

Source: WCTI12

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