Ferry leak repaired

— An interior water leak put the Keller Ferry out of service for nearly 24 hours last week.

The M/V Sanpoil was pulled out of service at 3 p.m. Thursday after an alarm alerted the crew to the leak, state Department of Transportation spokesman Al Gilson said.

Officials with ferry builder Foss Maritime and Washington State Ferries investigated and found a dripping water line in the forward propeller shaft compartment.

The line was repaired and the ferry went back into service at 1 p.m. Friday.

The Sanpoil takes passengers and vehicles across the Columbia River. The route is part of state Highway 21 between Wilbur and Keller.

Gilson said traffic was routed around the ferry crossing, and signs alerting motorists were placed in Republic and Wilbur, and highway advisories were aired by radio transmitter at both ends of the route.

Motorists also can dial 511 for updates.

The closest detour route is through Coulee Dam and over Peter Dan and Manilla Creek roads.

The Sanpoil went into service in August. It replaced the Martha S, which had been on the run since 1948.


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