Ferry crash at Lake Powell to push back opening

SALT LAKE CITY — Officials say strong winds and inexperience among crew members were involved in a March ferry crash that is expected to delay southern Utah tourism this summer.

Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Kitchen on Monday told the Salt Lake Tribune repairs are needed after the boat hit a canyon wall during a March test run.

Officials say the Lake Powell ferry between the Bullfrog and Halls Crossing marinas is set to open about six weeks behind schedule.

The ferry links northern and southern portions of State Route 276 in Garfield, Kane and San Juan counties.

Kitchen says insurance is expected to cover the $150,000 in damages.

He says he expects the ferry to begin operating July 1, instead of the planned May 15.

It typically runs between Memorial and Labor days.


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