Outer Banks ferries, roads to reopen Saturday

Raleigh, NC - RALEIGH, NC (WMBF) – NC Highway 12 on the NC Outer Banks is expected to reopen to all traffic on Saturday.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation crews worked until dark Friday and will resume work following high tide around 4 a.m. Saturday morning to reopen NC 12 at 7 a.m.

Ferry service is also available in some parts of coastal North Carolina. Ferry operations at the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke and Cedar Island-Ocracoke routes will return to normal beginning Saturday morning. Reservations will be honored. Residents returning to Ocracoke will not be charged.

The Hatteras ferry route will resume its operations at 5 a.m. Saturday, running only on the hour until further notice.

People are reminded that there is still a State of Emergency for Ocracoke Island. Some of these ferry runs may be altered due to problems that may arise.

The Cherry Branch ferry route is operating under its normal schedule as of 11 a.m. Friday. The Pamlico River and Southport routes are also now running on their regular schedules. Additionally, the Currituck River ferry route is currently not operating due to a mechanical problem with engines on the MV Governor Hunt. This closure is anticipated to last through Sunday.

For updated information about ferry schedules or reservations, call 1-800-BY-FERRY and press "2" to speak to a receptionist.

Instant updates about ferry service are also available by following the Ferry Division on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NCDOT_Ferry.

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