Real McCoy II ferry out until further notice, CalTrans says


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The California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) says an issue with the Real McCoy II’s exhaust system has taken the ferry out of action for the foreseeable future.

The announcement was made in a press release sent to reporters on Friday and in posts on various CalTrans social media accounts.

The ferry is considered an extension of State Route 84 and shuttles motorists over the Steamboat Slough northeast of Rio Vista.

CalTrans says it “regrets any inconvenience of motorists and residents who use the ferry to access Ryer Island.” Several residents of Rio Vista told Solano NewsNet that the ferry is frequently out of action, and that they’re pretty much used to the ferry being unavailable due to various issues.

Drivers can access Ryer Island by taking Highway 12 over the Rio Vista Bridge, then turning onto Highway 160, merging onto Highway 220 and traveling on the J-Mack Ferry until they reach the island. Motorists can also continue onto Highway 160 through Walnut Grove, then turn onto Courtland Road, merge onto Highway 84 and take the Miner’s Slough Bridge to reach Ryer Island.

For the latest information about the ferries, CalTrans urges motorists to call the Ferry Update Line at 510-622-0120 or visit the CalTrans QuickMap by clicking or tapping here.

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