The Grafton Ferry will resume operation following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 26 at the Grafton Ferry landing. Grafton Ferry, owned by the city of Grafton, has been closed for about three years.
"The business community and the residents of Grafton are excited to have the bridge to Missouri open," said Tom Thompson, mayor of Grafton. "It'll increase the number of tourists to the area and make it easier to travel back and forth to Missouri."
The ferry departs from the Grafton Ferry Landing near the Grafton Lighthouse and public boat ramp near Market Street and Main Street, Grafton, Ill, 62037, and from Grafton Ferry Road, Portage Des Sioux, Mo., 63373. Upon reopening, the ferry will operate Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. A one-way trip on the ferry is $8, and round-trip fare is $15.
The ferry is expected to decrease travel time between St. Charles County to Grafton by more than 30 minutes. The ferry will be able to accommodate buses and vans and people will be allowed to get out of their vehicles during the trek across the river.