St. Johns River Ferry Receives $3.35 Million Passenger Ferry Grant
Will be used for improvements to the existing boat and infrastructure
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) was awarded a $3,356,900 Passenger Ferry Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The funds will be used to make improvements to the St. Johns River Ferry, including providing critical elements related to public safety and state of good repair for the ferry slips, the vessel, and the ferry terminal.
Phase III of JTA’s investment in the St. Johns River Ferry is under construction and is anticipated to be completed in January 2019. The scope includes removal of existing terminal bridges along with the design and construction of rehabilitated bulkheads, replacement of terminal bridges and installation of stopping mechanisms.
In order to replace the terminal bridges and perform required maintenance/overhaul, the vessel will be removed from service beginning on September 4, 2018. The vessel is expected to be back in service by October 31, 2018.
Phase IV of the improvement project will involve the addition of vertical panels on the fender wales to enhance the operational safety of the ferry vessel and improves long-term maintenance on the slip walls.