Keller Ferry Out of Service for a Month for Inspections & Repairs - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Keller Ferry Out of Service for a Month for Inspections & Repairs

KELLER, Wash.-  The Keller ferry vessel, Martha S., will be out of service for up to a month starting Monday, June 14, for inspections and repairs. The ferry shuttles drivers across Lake Roosevelt.

WSDOT will remove the ferry from service for its routine Coast Guard inspection, which happens once every five years. In addition, a repair contractor will perform more extensive repairs on the boat's hull, auto deck and access hatches.  Crews also will upgrade some of the electronic equipment on the vessel.

Dakota Creek Industries of Anacortes is the prime contractor on the repairs and upgrades, with a construction bid of $607,259.  Marine engineers from the Washington State Ferries will oversee the work.

Work should be completed no later than July 16.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes across the Columbia River. The nearest crossings are downstream at Grand Coulee Dam or upstream via the Gifford/Inchelium ferry.

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