- Associated Press - Thursday, July 10, 2014

MANNS HARBOR, N.C. (AP) - The Ferry Division of the N.C. Department of Transportation says the channel used for the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry is still unsafe, meaning the run will continue to use the alternate route.

Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin says the channel has been tested with several boats and several captains, and they all found that the channel was extremely narrow and too shallow in several spots.

The division has been operating on the alternate route since December, when continued shoaling in the inlet made the traditional route unusable. The alternate route is about 20 minutes longer than the traditional route.

Currently, the Hatteras-Ocracoke route is on its summer schedule with 36 daily departures from each side. During the week of June 17-23, the route carried 8,976 vehicles and 26,703 passengers.

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