According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, the Elwell Ferry is closed due to mechanical failure east of White Lake in Bladen County. Elwell Ferry Road (SR 1730), will remain open at both ends during this time. The ferry service will resume once ferry travel is deemed safe.
UPDATE: “We do not have an exact date for the opening of that ferry. We’re looking at one to two weeks,” said Tim Hass, a spokesman for the Ferry Division of the N.C. Department of Transportation. He spoke to the StarNews in September 2013.
“We are waiting on particular parts. Once those are in place, we should be ready to go,” Hass said.
The Elwell Ferry operates in Bladen County.
— Ken Little
UPDATE: The river has been too high all winter and most of spring 2016 to run the ferry, according to Ken Clark, maintenance engineer for Bladen County. The ferry ran for about two weeks in April, he said. In mid-May, the water was about two feet above where it should be for the ferry to be able to run, Clark said. Records for 2015 show the Elwell Ferry started running May 15. This has been an exceptionally wet winter and spring, Clark said, and water levels are monitored daily. For updates on the ferry, visit the ferry’s travel information page on the NC DOT website.
— Stacie Greene Hidek
Date posted: September 24, 2013
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