• Officials: Passenger Ferry Will Boost Tourism

    The state’s first passenger-only ferry under construction near Swansboro is part of a plan to boost Ocracoke Island tourism, which has flagged as a result of long waits and travel times for vehicle ferries from Hatteras.

  • Hyde Sees Costs Rise in Passenger Ferry Plan

    As the state prepares to launch its first passenger-only ferry service to Ocracoke Island, plans for transporting riders once they arrive are in flux, with Hyde County now facing costs higher than expected.

  • Wilmington, Port Seek State Help On Rail Fix

    A pricey proposal to improve rail access at the Wilmington port and accommodate expected urban growth would relocate the existing rail line from its route through the city to the other side of the Cape Fear River.

  • Panel Weighs In On Passenger Ferry Plan

    Questions about parking, public information and other logistics are among the key details to be worked out before the state’s first passenger ferry, which is proposed for the Hatteras-Ocracoke route, is placed into service.

  • Electric Car Chargers Slated for Eastern NC

    A legal settlement with Duke Energy led to a $1.5 million program to install electric vehicle chargers in N.C., which many think will be good for business in the eastern part of the state.

  • US 17 Bypass Plan Prompts Flooding Fears

    State transportation officials are set to study a more than decade-old plan to connect U.S. 17 in Brunswick County across the state line to a South Carolina highway, but a county commissioner is among those worried about destruction of wetlands in a flood-prone area.

  • Barges Proposed as Dredging Alternative

    A UNCW professor and his graduate students have proposed using barges for offloading cargo as an alternative to channel deepening at the state port in Wilmington to accommodate the larger ships now able to transit the Panama Canal.

  • Not All Happy With Proposed N.C. 12 Bridge

    Holding signs and chanting “Save our Sounds,” a small group of Hatteras Island property owners protested against a projected bridge that they say will hurt property values, livelihoods and lifestyles.

  • Woodpeckers and the Havelock Bypass

    The proposed U.S. 70 bypass around Havelock still has environmentalists worried about the effects on endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers in the Croatan National Forest.

  • McCrory: New Bridge Meaningful for Dare

    Gov. Pat McCrory, during a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, talks about the importance of the long-awaited replacement for the aging Bonner Bridge for the livelihood and safety of Dare County residents.

  • Humming Down U.S. 70 to the Beach

    The drivers of electric cars, proponents say, are an untapped source of beach tourism. But to get the cars here, more main roads, like U.S. 70, need places where they can stop and recharge.

  • Mirlo Bypass OK’d in Bonner Bridge Deal

    Two of three requirements set forth in the deal to replace the aging Herbert C. Bonner Bridge in Dare County have been met, including approval of the “jug-handle” bypass of Mirlo Beach.