Harris County Precinct Two Commissioner Sylvia R. Garcia has announced that the historic Lynchburg Ferry, closed since Friday, September 12 due to Hurricane Ike, was set to re-open at noon on Monday, November 3, 2008.
"We were fortunate that even though both boats were lifted by the surge on top of their landings there was not significant damage to either of them," Garcia said. "The majority of the cost of getting our ferries operational again has been in safely lifting the ferries from the landings."
Special cranes were floated up the channel to lift the ferries from off the pilings which make up part of the landings. Thorough inspections have been conducted and all necessary repairs have been made to the boats. The total cost of repairs and inspections is about $300,000.
The ferry serves about 1,500 vehicles per day operating between 4:30 a.m. and 8:15 p.m.