Saturday, July 23, 2011

DelDot News Release

NEWS RELEASE: Woodland Ferry Resumes Limited Service Starting July 25
Delays, Schedule Changes Possible as Department Evaluates Performance

Seaford – The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) today announced that the Woodland Ferry will begin limited service on Monday, July 25, 2011. However, travelers are advised that DelDOT will continue to evaluate vessel performance during actual operation, and delays and schedule changes are possible. For this reason, DelDOT suggests that the ferry be used only by those with flexible schedules at this time.

The ferry Tina Fallon will be accepting vehicles for crossing of the Nanticoke River from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., seven days a week, unless vessel captains and on-site project engineers deem it necessary to delay operations to conduct inspections. Further, the ferry will not conduct crossings during periods of excessively high and low tides. Tides at the Woodland Ferry crossing on the Nanticoke River can vary by as much as four feet at certain times of the year. DelDOT hopes to be able to make an announcement about returning the Tina Fallon to full service soon.

Please note that the advance electronic warning signs will be used at critical detour points in the event of ferry closures in order to provide the opportunity for motorists to take alternate routes.

The Woodland Ferry successfully completed a U.S. Coast Guard inspection on June 24, 2011, and since that time has been repeatedly tested in a loaded condition to ensure safe operation.

For further information on this or other DelDOT projects, please visit www.deldot.gov, or contact DelDOT’s Office of Public Relations at 1-800-652-5600 or 302-760-2080.

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