New terminal, welcome center for Currituck-Knotts Island ferry route opens

Photo: NCDOT

CURRITUCK COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — The new terminal and welcome center for the Currituck-Knotts Island ferry route was unveiled Wednesday.

The $2 million facility replaces a smaller, outdated one that was built in 1985. It houses the NCDOT Ferry Division Offices, restrooms and vending machines for travelers and a display on Currituck County heritage.

The new terminal and welcome center, buit by A.R. Chesson Construction Company, had 80 percent of its funding covered by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration, with N.C. Transportation funding the remaining amount.

The Currituck-Knotts Island ferry route was created in 1962 to help Knotts Island schoolchildren avoid a 100-mile round trip commute through Virginia to attend school on the mainland. To this day, Knotts Island students use the ferry daily to get to and from school and extracurricular activities.

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