Transportation and Works
March 9, 2016

Public Advisory: Reminder of Temporary Service Change for Bell Island Ferry

Users of the Portugal Cove - Bell Island ferry service are reminded that temporary repair work will begin on the Bell Island ferry ramp tonight (Wednesday, March 9), following the last scheduled run for the day.

Beginning tomorrow (Thursday, March 10), passenger service only will be available. The 5:00 a.m. run from Bell Island on Thursday and Friday will remain in effect during the repair process. The repair work is expected to be completed by Monday, March 14.

As a result of advanced notice and planning with the ferry committee, many residents have been making arrangements to reduce disruptions as much as possible.

Additional parking for those walking on the vessel at Portugal Cove has been arranged during the repair period. Travellers can park their vehicles near the upper ticket booth or in the area of the federal wharf. Even with these measures, parking is limited at Portugal Cove and individuals may wish to share rides for this short period.

Arrangements have also been made with Eastern Health for emergency medical transportation needs.

The temporary ramp repairs require a 72-hour period to allow the chemical used to anchor the bolts to cure. While there will be little visible activity at the site between Thursday and Sunday, curing will be underway which is critical to the repair process. Vehicle traffic will still be prohibited during this period � from Thursday night to Sunday.

The Department of Transportation and Works thanks all travellers and residents for their patience and cooperation, and apologizes for the inconvenience. Further updates to the public will be provided as needed over the coming days.

Information and updates can also be found online at

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Media contact:

Jacquelyn Howard
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 689-2624

2016 03 09                              2:05 p.m.