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The state Department of Transportation Ferry Division says heavy shoaling in Hatteras Inlet has forced it to halt the hourly ferry runs between Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.
A fourth daily run will be added starting Saturday to the Pamlico Sound ferry route that links Ocracoke to Swan Quarter. On the Swan Quarter and the Ocracoke-Cedar Island routes, DOT will waive ferry tolls for Ocracoke residents and "vendors carrying necessary goods and commodities," the Ferry Division said.
Heavy loads of sand have made the inlet channel so shallow in recent weeks that ferry runs were suspended each day for a few hours around the low-tide mark (see 1/18/13 story). ... [MORE]