Plans are coming together for the Canby Ferry to undergo major maintenance in 2013, including receiving a new, cleaner, quieter propulsion system. The work will require the ferry to be out of service for several months beginning as soon as mid-December 2012.
Clackamas County received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation more than a year ago to retrofit the propulsion system on the ferry to reduce electricity usage, eliminate the potential of an environmentally-damaging oil spill and ensure continued safe and reliable transportation. Since then county staff have been working with federal and local agencies and potential contractors to work out the details of the work to be done and determine how best to transport the ferry to the work site.
The Canby Ferry crosses the Willamette River between Canby and Wilsonville from 6:45 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. seven days a week except on major holidays and when the water level rises to 70 feet or higher. The ferry is currently closed because of high water levels, which are expected to last into next week.
Once details about the repair and closure schedule are firmed up, they will be publicized, posted on the county website at www.clackamas.us/roads/ferry.html and available on the Canby Ferry Information Line at 503-650-3030.