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Improvements to Support a NCDOT Passenger Ferry EA

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) to analyze whether or not to issue a special use permit (SUP) to North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Ferry Division. The SUP would authorize NCDOT to construct improvements and for long-term maintenance of a new passenger ferry system within Seashore boundaries.

NCDOT has been a partner with the NPS in providing transportation services and facilities for park visitors and the communities on both Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands for several decades. A change in the vehicle ferry route has increased the travel time between the islands and reduced the frequency of vessel trips which has resulted in a decline in ferry ridership and led to a reduction in the number of visitors who travel to Ocracoke Island.

Minor improvements which would allow for appropriate levels of parking, safe and adequate docking facilities, and provide for appropriate shelters for passenger ferry users would enhance the passenger ferry service for park visitors and the two communities on the islands. All proposed improvements are within the footprint of the existing facilities and disturbed areas on Seashore property.

The public review period will be open for 15 days until June 19, 2017. Comments on the EA can be made at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/caha_NCDOTpassengerferry, or mailed to: Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park Dr, Manteo, NC 27954.
 
Comment Period: Closed        06/05/2017 - 06/19/2017
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