After several weeks of adjusted schedules and a dredge project just outside the Ocracoke-Silver Lake Terminal to alleviate shoaling, ferries that cross the Pamlico Sound to Ocracoke resumed full summer schedules Friday.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ dredge Merritt began work June 17 in Bigfoot Slough. Shoaling in that area made the ferry channel too shallow to safely operate the division’s largest vessels. The dredge project took about two weeks, state Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division officials said.
The following is the full summer schedule:
- Cedar Island-Ocracoke: 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- Ocracoke-Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- Swan Quarter-Ocracoke: 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- Ocracoke-Swan Quarter: 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Officials highly recommended travelers make reservations during the busy summer season either online at www.ncferry.org, or by phone at 1-800-BY-FERRY.
Real-time updates on weather or mechanical delays on the Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes can be found on the Twitter feed @NCFerryPamSound.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division oversees the ferry system’s seven routes and 21 ferries.