Sign of the season: Merrimac Ferry to close

It’s a sign of the season: The ferry that moves vehicles across the Wisconsin River between Sauk and Columbia counties is set to close this week for the winter.

COLSAC says, “Shiver me timbers – that’s ice on the Wisconsin River!” Merrimac ferry will close for the season Friday night at 6 p.m. Thanks for riding in 2018, see you in the spring!

— WisDOT SW Region (@WisDOTsouthwest) November 29, 2018

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said Thursday that the Merrimac ferry, named the COLSAC III, will close at 6 p.m. Friday because of ice conditions on the Wisconsin River.

The ferry shuttles vehicles and bicycles free of charge 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“‘Shiver me timbers – that’s ice on the Wisconsin River!'” the DOT tweeted Thursday. “Thanks for riding in 2018, see you in the spring!”

Ferry operations will resume when conditions allow in 2019, the DOT said.

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