The Grafton Ferry will close for the season at the end of business on Thursday evening. The boat has carried vehicles between Grafton and St. Charles, Missouri since mid-summer after being shut down for nearly three years because of silt build-up in the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. The re-launch of the operation came as welcome news for mostly tourists who travel back and forth to Missouri.
Calhoun Ferry secretary Denise Knight says there are alternate routes.
After the city of Grafton acquired the landing-site property on the Missouri side, it became eligible for state and federal grant money to finance the dredging of the ferry crossing. The ferry shortens the trip from Grafton to the St. Louis and St. Charles area by about 30-minutes.