New Oregon Inlet navigational channel now open

Published 9:42 am Saturday, January 7, 2023

The new navigational channel at Oregon Inlet is now open.

Due to shoaling earlier this year that prevented boaters from accessing the navigation span of the Basnight Bridge, the Snell and Merritt – dredges operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – along with Dare County’s Miss Katie dredge, have worked since August 2022 to open up a new channel. The previous route has been disestablished, according to a press release from Dare County.

The new channel is fixed and is authorized to be dredged 100 feet wide and 10 feet deep until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completes the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process to allow for dredging to a depth of 12 feet later this year.

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Those with questions should email the U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Waterways Management Division at ncmarineevents@uscg.mil or contact the Sector North Carolina Command Center at 910-343-3882.

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