Ferry across Neuse River is back on schedule

Tom Springle and Betty Sue Purifoy spray salt water to clear ice on the ramp at Minnesott.

Tom Springle and Betty Sue Purifoy spray salt water to clear ice on the ramp at Minnesott.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:55 AM.

Ferry operations have restarted across the Neuse River after more than a two and a half day shut down due to the recent winter storm.

“We’re back on schedule, routine runs five o’clock this morning,” said Sue Kinner, operations manager at the Cherry Branch/Minnesott Ferry at the Neuse River.

“My boat crews are out there clearing the ramp with a back hoe right now,” Kinner said.

The 20-minute runs across the Neuse River halted at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday as the winter storm moved in bringing heavy sleet and snow.

“As soon as it started, those decks were iced over,” said crew member Tom Springle, of Harkers Island.

Springle was one of the crew from the Ferry Lupton that was spraying salt water on the metal ramp on the Minnesott side to clear ice away Friday morning.

“We’ve had nothing but glare ice here. It’s been three inch thick glare ice,” Kinner said.



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