NCDOT aware of ‘construction challenges’ with new OBX ferry

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OCRACOKE, N.C. (WAVY) — A new express ferry along the Outer Banks may not be ready in time for the summer season.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division said in a statement Tuesday it has been made aware of construction challenges with the passenger ferry.

NCDOT awarded a $4 million contract last July to US Boat Works Shipyard to build the ferry.

The 98-passenger ferry will run between Hatteras and Silver Harbor on Ocracoke’s southern end once it’s up and running.

The statement said the Ferry Division has been on the construction site in Jacksonville, North Carolina multiple times and has embedded a contractor at the site in “an effort to fully understand the issues.”

The division does not believe the ferry will be in commission by May 1.

According to the statement, the division should be able to provide an expected delivery date once a mitigation plan has been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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