Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry Working To Reopen By October 1st

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced earlier this week that Fort Fisher Ferry operations will be suspended until October 1st while a ramp is repaired. The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced earlier this week that Fort Fisher Ferry operations will be suspended until October 1st while a ramp is repaired.

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By / Local News / Monday, 02 September 2019 00:14

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

FORT FISHER - 
Plan ahead for the potential to take alternate routes to Southport throughout the month of September.

The Southport Fort Fisher Ferry suspended operations last week due to a broken cable on one of the ramps at the dock. 

The repair may require the use of a crane to lift the weight from the bottom.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), "An extensive process to repair the ramp system at the North Carolina Ferry Division’s Southport Terminal is now underway.

Barring weather or other delays, ferry service between Southport and Fort Fisher is tentatively scheduled to resume Oct. 1."

According to NCDOT, the ramp system, which includes several cables, counterweights and the ramp itself, failed Aug. 27. Without the system in place, it is impossible to load and offload vehicles to and from the ferries. Before resuming ferry service, workers will need to replace cables and repair the damaged portion of the ramp."
In the meantime, motorists can use U.S. Highway 17 and N.C. Highway 87 to travel between Southport and the Wilmington area, including Fort Fisher. Ferry commuter pass holders will be allotted an extension on their passes equal to the length of the service outage.

A separate project to replace the cable systems with hydraulic ones at both Southport and Fort Fisher is tentatively scheduled for early 2020.

Over the Labor Day weekend, locals and tourists had to use an alternate route to Southport and Oak Island. That route requires traveling north to Wilmington, crossing the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and using US-17 S/US-76 West and NC-87 South to NC-211 S/N Howe St. in Smithville. The total time is just under an hour, or more depending on traffic.

For more information, visit www.ncdot.gov for updates on repair progress.

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