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Dredging to begin to clear shoaling in Bigfoot Slough

dredge Merritt US Army Corps of Engineers
(File photo: NCDOT)
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' dredge Merritt in 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to start work this weekend using a contracted dredge to clear shoaling in Bigfoot Slough, outside the Ocracoke-Silver Lake Terminal.

There are no planned changes to ferry schedules. The operation is expected to take about 50 days.

The effort should make for a deeper, wider channel to accommodate larger sound-class ferries on the state’s two longest routes.

Kelly Batchelor hails from the small crossroads community of Cabin in Duplin County in eastern North Carolina. Since 1989 Kelly has been actively employed in radio.