MANNS HARBOR – Due to shoaling issues and low water depths in Big Foot Slough, the North Carolina Ferry System is temporarily implementing size and weight limits on vehicles using the Cedar Island to Ocracoke and Swan Quarter to Ocracoke routes.
Effective immediately, no vehicles over 40 feet will be allowed on the Pamlico Sound routes, and each departure will carry no more than 25 vehicles. The restrictions will remain in place until the Army Corps of Engineers can complete a dredging operation in the channel.
“The safety of our passengers and crew is always our top priority,” said Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas. “We hate to impose these restrictions, but it’s the only way we can continue to operate the Pamlico Sound routes safely until channel conditions improve.”
The dredging operations are expected to be complete in one to two weeks.