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The North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to begin emergency construction of a bulkhead at the Ocracoke north end ferry terminal.
Work is scheduled to begin July 10 on the emergency project to protect the Ocracoke South Dock ferry basin and vehicle stacking lanes from encroaching shoreline erosion.
The NCDOT this week awarded a $1.9 million contract to Carolina Bridge of Orangeburg, South Carolina, for construction of a 1,000-foot bulkhead on the north end of Ocracoke Island to help slow the erosion.
NCDOT also will purchase about $2.1 million of materials for the project, bringing the total cost to $4 million.
The work is expected to be complete by Dec. 20.
The bulkhead is the first of two projects to address shoreline erosion at the site.
A project to construct a groin system adjacent to the bulkhead is in the planning and permitting stages. The National Park Service is accepting public comments on that portion of the project.