The Keller Ferry service across the Columbia River on State Route 21 will resume around noon today.

During routine repair work last week, a pinhole leak was discovered on the hull of the ferry, the Martha S., and water was seeping into the hull interior.

As part of the repair work, a section of hull was removed and a new steel plate welded into place at a price of about $23 to $28,000.

The Martha S. began service on the Columbia River in September 1948. The boat operates 18 hours per day, making the nearly two-mile crossing in about 15 minutes. The route is the only non-mountain pass, State highway access to Ferry County and the Town of Republic.

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