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NC ferry service resumes winter hours

By Associated Press
Published On: Dec 15 2013 03:16:31 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 16 2013 06:21:21 AM CST
HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C. -

Ferries along the North Carolina Outer Banks will resume winter operations after the reopening of the Bonner Bridge.

The transportation department's ferry division said it will resume using its regular winter schedule Tuesday.

The closing of the bridge earlier this month for safety reasons prompted the ferry service to offer emergency operations at Stumpy Point and Rodanthe. That service concluded Monday morning after the bridge reopening late Sunday afternoon.

The regular winter schedule means there will be increased service between Hatteras and Ocracoke. Service will be reduced between Ocracoke and Swan Quarter. There is a slight change in departure times between Ocracoke and Cedar Island.

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North Carolina officials say the Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks is reopening.

Gov. Pat McCrory and state Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said in a news release the bridge would reopen as of 4 p.m. Sunday.

The bridge was closed Dec. 3 because sand was washing away from the bridge supports.

Earlier this month, the state gave Carolina Bridge Company of Orangeburg, S.C. a $1.6 million contract to place layers of interlocking jacks and sand bags on both sides of part of the bridge. The contract required the work to be done in 90 days.

An emergency ferry route was set up between Rodanthe and Stumpy Point, a 17-mile trip that takes more than two hours. Officials said that route would continue until Monday morning.

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