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Port Aransas ferry system to limit large vehicle access due to low tides

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Due to low tides, the Port Aransas ferry system will be limiting access to certain types of vehicles including RVs, fifth-wheel and other trailers.

In a press release, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) confirmed that lower than normal tide conditions had impacted the Port Aransas ferry system's operations. When the tide is abnormally low, the ferry system won't be able to board large recreational vehicles and trucks pulling fifth-wheel and low-boy trailers.

The issue involves the vessel loading ramps that connect the boats to shore during boarding. "Extremely low tides increase the loading ramp to such a degree that the undercarriage of the vehicles and trailers could be damaged," or become stuck, according to officials.

Tide conditions are expected to persist until at least Thursday, January 18. While the tide is low, the ferry system will refuse access during certain times throughout the day.

As a result, TxDOT advises motorists with large vehicles or trailers to use SH 361 northbound from Corpus Christi to access Port Aransas.

For up-to-date information on boarding conditions, find the ferry system on Twitter @PortA_Ferry or call 361-749-2850. Info will also be visible on electronic signs in Port Aransas and Aransas Pass.

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