Motorists hoping to go to or go away Newport Seaside’s Balboa Island should take the good distance round subsequent month because the Balboa Island Ferry will quickly near autos.
Starting Jan. 3, the century-old ferry, which carries autos and passengers via Newport Bay from the Balboa Peninsula to the island and again, shall be open to foot and bike site visitors solely as the town begins electrical work on the island’s Agate Avenue, the place the ferry terminal is positioned.
The work is a part of a $6.2-million utility “undergrounding” venture, which can bury overhead energy and different utility strains, Newport Seaside assistant metropolis engineer Mike Sinacori advised the Orange County Register.
Development is slated to finish Jan. 28, in response to the ferry’s social media web page.
The short-term suspension of auto service will add round six miles to the journeys of motorists hoping to take their automobiles between the island and the peninsula.
The ferry shortens that journey to lower than 1,000 ft.
One-way fares for the minutes-long journey are $1.25 for adults and 50 cents for youngsters 5 to 11. For bicyclists, the fares rise to $1.50 for adults and 75 cents for youngsters.