GRAFTON, Ill. -- A Mississippi River ferry service linking southwestern Illinois’ Jersey County to Missouri’s St. Charles County is about to be back in business after being shut down for more than two years.
The (Alton) Telegraph that the Grafton ferry will resume next Friday, thanks to dredging efforts that cleared out river silt that kept the service from operating.
Owned by the 670-resident city of Grafton northeast of St. Louis, the ferry had served as a key shuttle for motorists trying to cross the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.
“The business community and the residents of Grafton are excited to have the bridge to Missouri open,” Tom Thompson, mayor of Grafton, stated. “It’ll increase the number of tourists to the area and make it easier to travel back and forth to Missouri.”
The ferry will operate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.