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Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry to Resume Route

​The ferry Croatoan on the Cape Fear River between Southport and Fort Fisher. Photo: NCDOT

After months of closure to replace the aging cable-counterweight ramp system at both ends of the route, the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry route is set to resume service at 1 p.m. Friday.

The $3 million project that began Jan. 6, replaced the old system with an updated hydraulic ramp system.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division announced Wednesday the following schedule that starts Friday:

Monday-Friday:
  • From Southport: 5:30 a.m., 7 a.m., 7:45 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4, 4:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
  • From Fort Fisher: 6:15 a.m. a.m., 7:45 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:4 p.m.5, 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday:
  • From Southport: 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1, 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
  • From Fort Fisher: 7:45 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1, 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

All commuter passes with an expiration date of Jan. 5, 2020, or later will be given an automatic extension credit of 208 days to compensate for the closure of the Southport-Fort Fisher route.

As on all N.C. Ferry System routes, officials ask that passengers on the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing face coverings and staying socially distanced while out on ferry decks or inside passenger lounges.

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