The Woodland Ferry that travels the Nanticoke River in Seaford will be out-of-action until this summer.
Delaware’s Department of Transportation (DelDOT) says that’s because the ferry needs additional repairs.
Service stopped in November so the vessel could get its five-year maintenance and Coast Guard inspection in Baltimore. After getting it back from the Coast Guard, DelDOT found that more maintenance work is necessary.
The agency acknowledges the additional loss of service is an inconvenience, but wants to make sure the ferry can provide operate uninterrupted for the next five years.
DelDOT said in a statement htis week, "We understand that the loss of the ferry service is an inconvenience to residents. The goal of the Department is to have the ferry run safely without further interruption for the next five years."
DelDOT is not offering a timetable for when the ferry will start running again.
DelDOT assumed the responsibility for the operation of the Woodland Ferry in 19-35. It’s named the “Tina Fallon” after the long-serving Seaford-area State Rep. who died in 20-11.