RIO VISTA — The Real McCoy II ferry that carries Highway 84 traffic over Cache Slough remained closed Thursday for emergency repairs that have taken more than two weeks to complete.
“At this point, we’re looking at a matter of days, versus a matter of months or a matter of weeks,” state Department of Transportation spokesman Vince Jacala said Thursday.
The ferry in eastern Solano County is a key link with Ryer Island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. People traveling between Rio Vista and the island have had to use the J-Mack Ferry on the other side of the island with the Real McCoy II down. The Real McCoy II is 2 miles from Rio Vista and the J-Mack is 18 miles.
Workers have been making emergency repairs on the ferry’s propulsion system.
“We don’t know what caused the damage, but it could have been by hitting a log or some debris,” Jacala said.
He compared the damage to a car hitting a log and damaging the drive shaft.
Caltrans announced Jan. 21 that the ferry had been closed for repairs. It initially said the Real McCoy II would return to service Feb. 1, then Feb. 5.
But Jacala said workers repairing the propulsion system came across such things as a hose leak that also needed repairs. Also, the U.S. Coast Guard must inspect the ferry.
Ryer Island is a rural area with farms and marinas. It has several hundred residents.
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