Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry Resumed Operation October 1st

Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry Resumed Operation October 1st

Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry Resumed Operation October 1st Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 01 October 2019 18:47

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

FORT FISHER - The Southport - Fort Fisher Ferry resumed service Tuesday morning October 1st. Operations at the Fort Fisher terminal were suspended on August 27th,  due to a broken cable on one of the ramps at the dock. 

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."

NCDOT met the October date on time.

According to NCDOT, the ramp system, which includes several cables, counterweights and the ramp itself, failed Aug. 27. Without the system in place, it was impossible to load and offload vehicles to and from the ferries. Before resuming ferry service, workers had to replace cables and repair the damaged portion of the ramp.

According to NCDOT, "Passengers holding commuter passes may ask for a credited extension or refund for the time the route was shut down. They should make their requests in writing either in person or by mailing them to the Southport Terminal at 1650 Ferry Road, Southport, NC 28401. They may also make requests via the NCDOT Contact Us​ app. Extension/refund requests should include the last name of the passholder and the last four digits of the pass number.

Another project to replace the chain ramp system with a hydraulic ramp at both terminals will begin Jan. 6, 2020. That project will require another shutdown of the route for approximately six weeks.

While repairs were underway, 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.

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