GRAFTON, Ill. -- A southwestern Illinois ferry service across the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers has halted operations for the year.
The (Alton) Telegraph reports that the shutdown of the service owned by the city of Grafton comes as the company that operates the vessels await Coast Guard inspections.
The ferry service ran just a few months this year, after resuming in July after a three-year hiatus that was blamed on a buildup of silt in the river before it was dredged.
The ferry connects southwestern Illinois’ Jersey County to Missouri’s St. Charles County. Using the ferry cuts about 30 minutes of time off a commute to and from 670-resident Grafton, which is northeast of St. Louis.