NC Division of Coastal Management
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Coastal Management News Releases :: 4-2-02
Contact: Brian Long, 919-733-2293, ext. 229, or 1-888-4RCOAST

State issues CAMA permit for emergency ferry terminal at Stumpy Point

RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Coastal Management today issued a permit to the state Department of Transportation for construction of an emergency ferry terminal on the Dare County mainland.

The terminal will be built on state-owned property at Stumpy Point. It will complement a terminal built last year in Rodanthe on Hatteras Island. The terminals will be used only for emergency transportation from Hatteras Island in the event that N.C. 12 or the Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet is closed unexpectedly. The terminal at Stumpy Point is scheduled to be ready in time for hurricane season, which begins June 1.

Construction of the terminal will consist of excavating a turning basin 300 feet wide and 350 feet long. A 1,400-foot-long, 100-foot-wide access channel will be dredged from the turning basin to the existing channel that links Stumpy Point Bay to the Pamlico Sound. The access channel and the turning basin will be up to 8 feet deep. Dredging must be completed by May 15, as required by state and federal fishery regulations.

The project also calls for construction of a ferry dock, a bulkhead, a propeller-wash deflector, and a paved driveway and parking area for DOT vehicles. In addition, 11 structures known as dolphins will be placed in the water near the dock. Dolphins are clusters of pilings used in turning and docking ferries. 

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Last Modified: April 02, 2002
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