Regular ferry service operational in Outer Banks

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(WAVY) — All seven regular ferry routes are operational in the Outer Banks after Hurricane Arthur interrupted service for parts of Thursday and Friday.

According to the North Carolina Ferry System, the Hatteras route will run “on demand” for the rest of the day Friday, then resume a regular schedule Saturday.

All routes going to Ocracoke or Hatteras are subject to reentry restrictions established by Dare and Hyde county officials. The following restrictions are in place for Ocracoke:

  • Friday, July 4: Critical infrastructure needs only.
  • Saturday, July 5: Critical infrastructure needs and returning residents and property owners, who must provide one of the following documents:
    • Unexpired Ocracoke re-entry hangtag from Hyde County (any color)
    • Expired Ocracoke re-entry hangtag or sticker from Hyde County (any color)
    • North Carolina Drivers License with Ocracoke listed as residence
    • Documentation with proof of owning property on Ocracoke (ie: tax record)
  • Sunday, July 6: Critical infrastructure needs and returning residents. Visitors may be allowed in depending on status of recovery.

Residents and visitors will be allowed to depart Ocracoke for Cedar Island or Swan Quarter at any time. Tolls will be waived for motorists leaving Ocracoke, as long as the voluntary evacuation order remains in place.

All current reservations on these days will be canceled. Ferries will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Pamlico Sound schedule for Friday, July 4, is as follows, courtesy the North Carolina Department of Transportation:

  • Swan Quarter to Ocracoke: 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Ocracoke to Swan Quarter: 12:45 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Ocracoke to Cedar Island: 4:30 p.m and 8 p.m.
  • Cedar Island to Ocracoke: 1 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.

The Ferry Division will resume its regular Pamlico Sound schedule Saturday.

Visit NCDOT.gov/ferry for the most recent information on ferry schedules.

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