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News Release for April 9, 2009
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Mark Latti, MaineDOT Office of Communications - 207-624-3030

Ferry Transfer Bridge Repaired, Regular Ferry Service Returns


MaineDOT crews have repaired the Swan’s Island transfer bridge and regular scheduled ferry service for passengers and vehicles has been restored between Swan’s Island and Bass Harbor on the mainland.

While the bridge is now operable, crews will continue to work on the transfer bridge to improve its reliability, and current plans are to replace lifting cables, junction boxes and electrical switches. An electrical/mechanical malfunction Tuesday caused the bridge to remain in the down position. While the transfer bridge was inoperable for two days, arrangements were made to provide passenger service between Swan’s Island and Bass Harbor on the mainland three times a day through a private company. Custom fabricated parts for the repairs to the transfer bridge were procured through Cianbro Corp, who currently is building two similar transfer bridges for the state ferry terminals at Lincolnville and Islesboro. Parts intended for the new transfer bridges were used to repair the Swan’s Island transfer bridge. New parts will be fabricated for the new transfer bridges with no delay expected for their installation at Lincolnville and Islesboro.

Last year in April, the Maine State Ferry Service transported over 900 vehicles and 4,000 passengers between Swan’s Island and Bass Harbor. The Maine State Ferry Service provides a vital link to six island communities in the Penobscot Bay region.

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