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N.C. Ferry System sets temporary size, weight limits on Pamlico Sound routes

Dredging at Ocracoke has begun and will continue for one to two weeks. Photo: C. Leinbach

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.

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  1. Have there been issues with shoaling in Big Foot before? I know about the problems between Ocracoke and Hatteras but have never heard of problems in Big Foot. Do you know the causes – hurricanes, low rainfall? As always, thanks for your terrific reporting, Connie and Peter.

  2. Thanks, Connie. Now I know. Hope it doesn’t cause too much of a disruption. You folks already have your hands full with the northern end of the island!