Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Southport Ferry aiming for a July reopening

Toll rates will increase at the Southport-Ft. Fisher ferry for the first time in 15 years. (Port City Daily/File photo)
Toll rates will increase at the Southport-Ft. Fisher ferry for the first time in 15 years. (Port City Daily/File photo)

SOUTHPORT — It was supposed to be a fairly simple project, expected to take a few months and only keep the Southport – Fort Fisher Ferry offline during the off season. Now, nearly seven months later in the height of the tourist season, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is hoping to complete upgrades to the ramp system.

Of course, like everything else in the county, the project was impacted by Covid-19 and faced delays due to the virus.

“A project to replace the aging cable-counterweight ramp system at the Southport and Fort Fisher ferry terminals will temporarily shut down the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry route beginning Jan. 6. The $3 million project will replace the old system with an updated hydraulic ramp system, which runs smoother and is less prone to accidental failures such as the one that shut down the route for five weeks in August,” according to the NCDOT.

The project was expected to start in early January and be complete by April 6, however, that did not happen.

At this point, our contractor on the ramp replacement project is giving us a completion date of mid-July, NCDOT Spokesman Tim Hass said.

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