Travel Advisory- NC 12 & Ferry Information

Emergency Ferry Service and 4WD Access


Priority Boarding for Hatteras Island Residents

Beginning Monday, November 5, 2012, priority boarding will be given to Hatteras Island residents traveling weekdays on the Emergency Ferry Service between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe.
Priority boarding for residents will be done Monday through Friday and requires a driver’s license with a Hatteras Island address. The weekday priority will be given to residents boarding on either side of the emergency ferry route behind vehicles with essential commodities, recovery supplies, and those with medical priorities, as determined by Dare County Emergency Management and NCDOT.

The Stumpy Point/Rodanthe schedule beginning Saturday, November 3, 2012

Departing Stumpy Point at                                           Departing Rodanthe at
  • 6:00 a.m.                                                                           7:00 a.m.
  • 8:00 a.m.                                                                           9:00 a.m.
  • 10:00 a.m.                                                                         11:00 a.m.
  • 12:00 a.m.                                                                         1:00 p.m.
  • 2:00 a.m.                                                                           3:00 p.m.
  • 4:00 p.m.                                                                           5:00 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m.                                                                           7:00 p.m.
  • 8:00 p.m.                                                                           9:00 p.m.
  • 10:00 p.m.                                                                         11:00 p.m.

Hatteras-Ocracoke Route – The following schedule will remain in place until further notice.

Departing Hatteras at                                                    Departing Ocracoke at
  • 6:00 a.m.                                                                           5:00 a.m.
  • 8:00 a.m.                                                                           7:00 a.m.
  • 10:00 a.m.                                                                         9:00 a.m.
  • 12:00 p.m.                                                                         11:00 a.m.
  • 2:00 p.m.                                                                           1:00 p.m.
  • 4:00 p.m.                                                                           3:00 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m.                                                                           5:00 p.m.
  • 8:00 p.m.                                                                           7:00 p.m.
  • 10:00 p.m.                                                                         9:00 p.m.
  • Midnight                                                                            11:00 p.m.
Directions to Stumpy Point Emergency Ferry Dock from Manteo, NC -
100 Log Storage Road, off Highway 264. Take Highway 64 to Highway 264. Follow Highway 264 approximately 13 miles past the entrance to the village of Stumpy Point. Signs for Emergency Ferry Service are posted at the ferry entrance on the left.
Directions to Rodanthe Emergency Ferry  -
23170 Myrna Peters Road, Rodanthe. Turn west off Highway 12 onto Myrna Peters Road, located just north of the Community Building in Rodanthe.
Additional Information
Anticipate long lines this weekend and please be patient with ferry personnel who are working to accommodate as many as possible on each ferry.
For those utilizing the Ocracoke ferry route, keep in mind that travel from Cedar Island to Ocracoke and Swan Quarter to Ocracoke requires a reservation by calling 1-800-293-3779.
Ferry information is available by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and pressing 1, or via Twitter at

Four Wheel Drive Access to Hatteras Island


Access to the four-wheel-drive route along NC12 to Hatteras Island is contingent on weather and tide conditions, periods of accessibility may be intermittent. 
Weather permitting, one lane of the Bonner Bridge and NC 12 is open to allow four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles access to Hatteras Island. Vehicles will have only access from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. to one lane of the highway and Bonner Bridge, with signals alternating southbound and northbound travel. Portions of the roadway will be gravel or sand and four-wheel drive vehicles will be the ONLY vehicles allowed to access the route. Any vehicles attempting to drive this route that do not have 4WD will be turned away. All-wheel drive vehicles will not be allowed access to the route.
The route offers one lane in each direction, except at the temporary bridge and the Bonner Bridge, where it narrows to a single lane for vehicles traveling in both directions. The department placed temporary traffic signals at each bridge to regulate traffic flow safely.
Drivers of four-wheel drive vehicles should expect a rough ride, which will include traveling over sand, damaged pavement and some water. On the sandy portions of the route, they will follow lane markers comprised of barrels, cones and/or flags.
NCDOT asks motorists to follow these important safety measures on the four-wheel drive access:
- Only drive four-wheel drive vehicles with a high ground clearance. Cross-over four-wheel drive vehicles that are lower to the ground may get stuck in the rugged terrain;
- If you drive at night, use extreme caution. There will be no lights staged along the route, so your vehicle’s headlights will offer the only way for you to see;
- Drive slowly;
- Pay close attention to the temporary traffic signals; and
- All four-wheel drive vehicles are encouraged to lower tire pressure to minimize the chances of becoming stuck.
The four-wheel drive access is open from 5 AM to 10 PM because of the hazardous driving conditions, Dare County first responders are escorting drivers before dawn and after dusk when the road is accessible to traffic.
Four-wheel-drive vehicles utilizing this route are asked to be patient and exercise caution. Delays are expected. The four-wheel-drive access will be contingent on impacts from impeding weather.
For updates on progress on NC 12, visit nc12recovery


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