New ramps for Hatteras ferry pass test - WNCT

New ramps for Hatteras ferry pass test

RODANTHE, N.C. -

New ramps on the emergency ferry route to Hatteras Island have been successfully tested.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported (http://bit.ly/173tXyZ) the ferry W. Stanford White made a test run between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe on Thursday to test the loading and unloading capabilities of the new ramps.

The emergency route provides access to Hatteras when there is storm damage on N.C. 12. The ferry was used heavily last year after Hurricane Sandy and in 2011 after Hurricane Irene.

Both storms damaged the road that runs down the Outer Banks.

The new ramps are more resistant to corrosion. They operate with hydraulic lifts rather than the older chain hoist system. The new ramps can draw power from the ferry, which is important if power is out on the island.

 

Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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