- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) - Ferries between Ocracoke and Hatteras islands will continue to use a longer route because the traditional channel remains unsafe to use.

Ferries will continue to use a route that takes an hour rather the 40 minutes for the traditional route.

The state Ferry Division is moving a larger boat to the route and will add five departures from each side beginning June 17. That will bring the total number of runs on each side to 37.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began dredging the inlet in December, but the water remains too shallow for ferries because of continued shoaling. The Hatteras Inlet ferries carry about 750,000 passengers a year, making the route the most popular of the state’s seven routes.

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