Monday, September 30, 2013

Today's Laugh From Rep. Tim Dukes

Please be advised that the Woodland Ferry will be closed for approximately 90 days, starting tomorrow (October 1st). The last day that the ferry will be running is today.
Officials say the closing is necessary in order for the Coast Guard to conduct its mandatory inspection of the ferry which occurs every five years.

At the same time, routine maintenance and other work to ensure passenger safety will be done. The bottom of the ferry will be inspected and painted, and weld repairs where the boat hits the concrete ramps are also expected to be made. There will be maintenance work conducted on the thrusters and the engine will also get an overhaul while the ferry is out of the water.

The work is being done by a vendor in Cambridge, MD, and preparation will begin soon on taking the ferry out of the water. In addition to the magnitude of the work, it is important to note that there is no ramp access or suitable land area for the work to be done in or near Seaford. For these reasons, the work is being done out of state.

Barring any problems that may be discovered, it is expected the work will take about 90 days to complete.

DelDOT has been asked by Rep. Danny Short to post signs at the two ferry entrance points to explain why the ferry is not running.

Thank you for your patience and Rep. Dukes apologizes for any inconvenience this closure may cause passengers.
This time it is going down for five year maintenance, how can you have a five year maintenance when the thing has only worked for about a year out of the five years, the rest of the time it has been broken.  It was put into operation October 29th 2008.

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