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Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry to resume operation Friday; Ocracoke north end to open

Hatteras-Ocracoke ferries to resume service at 4:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28.

N.C. 12 damaged area under repair Wednesday. Photo by Richard Taylor

OCRACOKE – N.C. Department of Transportation on Friday will reopen a portion of N.C. Highway 12 on Ocracoke Island that was damaged during Hurricane Florence.

Also on Friday, the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route will resume service beginning at 4:30 a.m., and will run a full fall schedule.

During the storm, a protective dune adjacent to the highway on the north end of the island washed away and a 1.5-mile section of road was damaged.  NCDOT crews have worked to remove sand, water and debris from the road.

In addition, Barnhill Contracting of Rocky Mount was awarded an $806,000 emergency contract to repair pavement damage and reconstruct the protective dune. Repair work will continue while the road is open. So traffic control and periodic lane closures will be in place until the entire project is complete at the end of November.

The Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry schedule will be as follows:

  • From Hatteras: 5, 6, 7, 8, 8:30, 9, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30 a.m. and noon, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 7:30, 8, 9, 11 p.m. and midnight.
  • From Ocracoke: 4:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11:30 a.m. and noon, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 9, 9:30, 10:30 p.m. and midnight.

A ferry to Hatteras departs from the north end of Ocracoke. Photo: C. Leinbach

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