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Essex-Charlotte ferry re-opens

ESSEX-The Essex-Charlotte ferry across Lake Champlain re-opened for business on Thursday, April 7. Due to weather conditions, it had been closed since Feb. 25.

"The ferry closed because there was too much ice to make it safely across," Lake Champlain Transportation Assistant Operations Manager Margaret Murphy said.

Temporarily closing the ferry crossing is typical during the winter, but there is no set date for closure every year, Murphy said.

"It just depends on the weather and ice formation," she said.

At this time of year, passengers are generally commuters between New York and Vermont.

"We only service about 150 vehicles a day in the winter, so one boat is enough," Murphy said, adding that the company employs two ferries in the warm-weather months due to increased traffic in the tourist seasons.

During the break, the M.V. Governor Aiken ferry remains in the water.

"That particular boat stays down at Charlotte," Murphy said. "We did some maintenance on it. We'd check on it daily, as well as checking the ice conditions."

For more information and a schedule, visit online at www.ferries.com.

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