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NCDOT: Bigfoot Slough dredging tentatively scheduled for next week

According to information from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is tentatively scheduled to begin a dredging effort in the Bigfoot Slough area of Pamlico Sound next week after inclement weather from the remnants of Hurricane Sally clears the region.

Once dredging is complete, the NCDOT Ferry Division will be able to resume its full schedule between Cedar Island, Swan Quarter and Ocracoke. For now, the Ferry System is temporarily reducing service on Pamlico Sound due to a mechanical issue and ongoing shoaling concerns.

The temporary schedule, beginning Friday, September 18, will be:

– Cedar Island to Ocracoke: 10:30 a.m.

– Ocracoke to Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m.

– Swan Quarter to Ocracoke: 4:30 p.m.

– Ocracoke to Swan Quarter: 1:30 p.m. ​

Reservation holders whose trips are affected by the change will be notified by email or phone, according to NCDOT.

The dredging effort is expected to last about one week, depending on weather and marine conditions.

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