SW Pa. county vote to shut down historic ferry

FREDERICKTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The commissioners of one of two southwestern Pennsylvania counties linked by a historic ferry have voted to cease its operations on Sept. 3.

The Fayette County commissioners voted Thursday to pull the plug on the Fredericktown Ferry. Commissioners in Washington County, on the other side of the Monongahela River crossed by the ferry, have said they would wait for Fayette County’s decision before moving ahead.

It’s possible Washington County might try to find another entity to manage the ferry.

A ferry has run between Fredericktown and LaBelle since the 1700s and the steel ferry operating today dates to 1948. It is funded with liquid fuels taxes in both counties, but has lost money and now serves just about 90 cars daily since the Bakewell Bridge opened nearby last year.

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