Upper Ferry construction still on pause, unavailable parts cause delay

 

SALISBURY, Md.- Things are still at a standstill for construction on the Upper Ferry in Salisbury.

Since last May, the ferry has been out of commission due to a mechanical failure. Repairs were scheduled to be completed back in October.

We sat down with Wicomico County’s Road Superintendent Lee Outen who says that’s largely due to the availability of parts.

That includes things like an engine, winch, and the pilot house.

Outen says they are looking into a few options to get the ferry back operating. “One would be to try to use the new winch with our old control system temporarily until the new one would come in. The other would be to put the old winch and controller back in place and try to get that functioning,” Outen said.

“We’re looking at trying to do that maybe to get the Ferry back by the first or second week of January. It would be going with the thought that at some point we would have to shut down again just to get the new winch and controls installed.”

Outen tells us that solution still depends on how quickly they receive materials, with some coming as far as Canada.

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