A couple days ago we had to pick up pottery from Shayne Greco and as we drove down 17 South we noticed there was a lot of tree clearing going on, Highway 17 is FINALLY going to become a four lane highway between here and Jacksonville. We never thought it would happen in our lifetime.
Here is a link to a newspaper article about it.
Ferry traffic averages 60 to 80 vehicles daily.
The Sans Souci Ferry is a cable ferry located on the Cashie River in Bertie County, North Carolina.
The ferry is located on SR 1500 south of Windsor, NC.
These ferries differs from most ferries in that they are literally driven, or in other words, guided, by a steel cable that is stretched across the river. The cable is secured on each end of the river by steel posts and as the ferry crosses the river, the force of the boat, with the help of rollers on the side of the boat, pulls the normally submerged cable out of the water.
The cable is permanently secured to the ferry and allows for the boat to not stray off course in normal river currents. The ferries only carry two cars at its maximum and does not operate in high water conditions or storms for the threat of the cable snapping in treacherous conditions is too great.
People wanting to ride the ferry that happen to be on the opposite side of the river than the ferry must blow their horn to summon the ferry.
The ferries are free of charge. The ferry operates almost every day except for days of high water and bad weather.
The Parkers Ferry is on land that was part of the Meherrin Indian Reservation. The Meherrin now live about 10 miles away in the Winton area.
The ferry consists of a steel barge like platform that cars drive onto. Off to one side of the boat is an "engine room" where the operator sits and controls the boat's engine, which actually sits outside beside the room. The ferry is powered by a diesel engine. The operator must know when to let off the throttle, since the ferry has no brakes or on board steering device. In the early days the ferry was made of wood.
(Much of the Ferry information came from Wikipedia - thank you!)