The WSDOT just got it up and running again last week, but the Keller Ferry across the Columbia River will be down again for a while this Wednesday.

The ferry, named ‘Martha S.’ will be taken out of service on October 28, beginning at 6 a.m. until as late as 12 noon for an engine replacement. One of the two engines on the vessel was overheating.

Drivers will need to find alternative routes across the Columbia River. The nearest crossings are at Grand Coulee Dam on SR 155 or the Gifford/Inchelium Ferry to State Route 25 north of Davenport.

By the way, I was curious about the ferry’s name. Turns out, the Martha S. was named after Martha Shain, wife of the Highway Director at the time the boat went into service in 1948.

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