Finding solutions for imperiled N.C. 12, including the ferry terminal at Ocracoke Island’s north end, is a “top priority,” an NCDOT official told the Coastal Resources Commission.
Coastal residents and the economy depend on the state’s ferry system, but disasters, shoaling, diminishing funds and an ageing fleet compound the challenge.
Planned deepening and widening of Wilmington harbor, the first project subject to a new fast-track federal process, was authorized in December, but the environmental review remains unfunded.
Though repairs and COVID-19-related budget issues interrupted service of the state’s three inland cable ferries, Parker’s cable ferry that crosses the Meherrin River in Hertford County is back in service.
Environmental advocates have filed for an injunction to block the Trump administration’s overhaul of National Environmental Policy Act rules, just as the NEPA process begins for Wilmington projects.
Dare County and state officials seek flexibility in being able to dredge persistently shoaled channels that are affecting transportation to and from Ocracoke Island.
Although damage was not as widespread as that from two hurricanes in 2018, NCDOT’s Ferry Division says Hurricane Dorian in 2019 resulted in more than twice the $1.7 million cost of those storms combined.
Construction of the “jug-handle” bridge around Pea Island isn’t an ordinary bridge project, especially with the environmentally sensitive surroundings and other construction challenges.
Discussions during a recent meeting of the Dare County Waterways Commission indicate that persistent threats to the Ocracoke highway and north-end ferry dock have become more urgent.
Officials in Carteret County have asked the N.C. Department of Transportation to do an express design for a proposed third bridge to Bogue Banks.
Paper nautical charts are popular as wall art but their usefulness to mariners has waned, and NOAA plans to transition from hard copy to digital maps of the nation’s waterways.
Ports officials last week downplayed environmental challenges identified in the first draft of a feasibility study for the proposed deepening and widening of the Wilmington shipping channel.
Carteret County’s economic development director says a recent study of what it would take to make the state port’s Radio Island property ready for industry can help the ports authority avoid past mistakes.
The Coastal Resources Commission granted a variance allowing the Wilmington port to expand its turning basin but bristled over ports officials’ handling of the request and lack of transparency.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is holding Monday and Tuesday open houses and public hearings on the proposed Cape Fear Crossing project officials say will ease traffic congestion on Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.
Opponents of the proposed Mid-Currituck Bridge have asked the N.C. Department of Transportation for additional environmental review and promise to take legal action if refused.