Chappy ferry will suspend vehicle service for emergency ramp repair

— File photo by Ralph Stewart

The Chappaquiddick ferry will be closed to vehicle traffic on Saturday, April 6, for emergency repairs to the support structure of the Edgartown ramp adjacent to Memorial Wharf. Winter storms have eroded support for the ramp.

“We discovered that there is a void beneath the retaining wall that holds back Dock Street and supports the hinge of the ramp,” ferry owner Peter Wells told The Times Wednesday. “The water has scoured away the sand that used to hold a wooden bulkhead in place which in turn protected the base of the retaining wall.”

On Monday, the Edgartown conservation commission approved an emergency repair plan.

Mr. Wells plans to carry vehicles only from 6 am to 6:45 am on April 6. It will carry only foot passengers while repairs are made.

The ferry will load passengers at Memorial Wharf while contractors pour concrete and repair the damage to the retaining structures. Mr. Wells said he expects the repairs to be finished by mid-afternoon, but it may take a few hours longer for the concrete to harden.

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