OCRACOKE – The schedule for the Hatteras-Ocracoke Silver Lake ferry will change beginning Thursday to help facilitate the state Department of Transportation’s paving operation on N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island.
NCDOT’s Ferry Division will suspend the 10 p.m. departure from Hatteras to Ocracoke-Silver Lake and the 12:30 a.m. return trip. The new schedule has departures from Hatteras to Ocracoke-Silver Lake at 6 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Ocracoke-Silver Lake to Hatteras at 8:45 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 7:15 p.m. No changes will be made to the Swan Quarter, Cedar Island, or Ocracoke-South Dock routes.
NCDOT said it is working to rebuild about 1,000 feet of N.C. 12 damaged during Hurricane Dorian in early September. The ferry schedule change will allow ferries and crews to be available for the staging of asphalt and concrete trucks used in the paving operation.
Currently, Ocracoke remains open only to residents, nonresident property owners and personnel approved by Hyde County Emergency Management but NCDOT expects to reopen N.C. 12 to vehicular traffic on or before the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Ferry Division is coordinating with Hyde County Schools to accommodate any evening athletic event travel.