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Port Aransas ferry to close temporarily

Posted: 3:54 PM, Apr 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-18 16:54:20-04

The Port Aransas ferry will be closed for up to two hours tomorrow, Due to a dredging project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, Port Aransas ferry operations are expected to shut down temporarily beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 19.

TxDOT says the temporary ferry closure is required to allow Orion Marine Group to connect sections of dredge discharge pipe. The coupling will take place above water and will block the ferry landings on the Port Aransas side of the channel.

Similar brief closings occurred earlier this month and in January. 

The dredging operation will remove sand deposited during Hurricane Harvey in the ship channel, which has created shoaling in certain areas of the channel and prompted draft restrictions for some vessels.

The dredging operation has been ongoing this past week in front of the Port Aransas ferry landings.

TxDOT says  motorists should expect longer wait times because the operation is restricting the path ferries can take across the channel and ferry captains are forced to maneuver around the dredge.

Ferry operations will resume as soon as possible after work is completed.

For status of ferry operations, call 361-749-2850.