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Harsens Island Ferry dock will not open until middle of next week, owner says

Posted: 1:39 PM, Dec 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-16 05:41:42-05
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HARSENS ISLAND, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Harsens Island Ferry dock will be closed at least throughout the weekend, the owner says.

The dock collapsed Wednesday and vehicle traffic was shut down.

The owner said the repair is taking longer than expected. It was supposed to be open Friday, but he now says it will most likely reopen in the middle of next week.

Just last month, the owners of the ferry submitted a dock repair plan to Michigan State Police, saying the dock had to limit the types and weights of vehicles "due to the damage inflicted on our docks this past summer by the high water."

According to the plan, they already removed the downstream mainland dock from service to begin interim repairs, which include installing a new hinge foundation in the ground and re-drive new pipes to for stabilization.

The plan also said that once interim repairs are made, they will resume construction on the two new docks on the mainland.

According to Champion's Auto Ferry, they estimated that the repairs would be complete by April 30, 2020, but that date is expected to change after the collapse.