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Merrimac Ferry’s troubles return with closure Thursday for repairs, DOT says | Traffic: Live


The Merrimac Ferry’s recent mechanical woes returned with another closure Thursday for repairs, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation said.

The ferry is scheduled to close from 11 a.m. through 2 p.m. for the repair work, DOT said in a statement.

DOT spokesperson Michael Bie said earlier this week that the ferry began experiencing a partial loss of power/pressure in its hydraulics system during crossings last week and was docked for repairs last Tuesday through Friday.

The ferry closed again on Sunday to replace a seal. Then on Monday morning, it was out of service for regularly scheduled maintenance on the crossing cable. After that work, the ferry opened briefly until a problem developed with a seal in the drive motor, and it was closed to repair that until reopening at noon on Tuesday, Bie said.

The free ferry — officially known as COLSAC III — connects Highway 113 between Okee in Columbia County and Merrimac in Sauk County and typically runs 24/7.

Alternate routes include Highway 60, Highway 78, Highway 12 and Interstate 90-94.

For the status of ferry operations, visit the webcams at wisconsindot.gov/MerrimacFerry.


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