GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Thousands of travelers must use other routes after ferry service between Galveston and Port Bolivar (BAH'-lee-vur) was suspended when an oil spill closed the Houston Ship Channel.
Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Danny Perez said Monday that ferry service could be out several days at the request of the Coast Guard. Ferry service that usually operates 24 hours per day was suspended after Saturday afternoon's oil spill.
A barge carrying about 900,000 gallons of the heavy oil collided with a ship in Galveston Bay, spilling as much as a fifth of its cargo. Cleanup efforts continue near Texas City.
Free ferries haul vehicles and pedestrians from State Highway 87 between Galveston and the Bolivar Peninsula. Perez says about 3,000 vehicles and 9,400 passengers use the ferries on a typical Monday.