WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The Southport-Fort Fisher ferry route could resume on Oct. 1, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
The ramp system, which includes several cables, counterweights and the ramp itself, failed on Tuesday and an extensive repair process is now underway.
“Barring weather or other delays, ferry service between Southport and Fort Fisher is tentatively scheduled to resume Oct. 1,” the NCDOT stated in a Friday afternoon news release.
Drivers can use N.C. 87 and U.S. 17 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.