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Utilities project to close Balboa Island Ferry to motorists beginning Monday

Balboa Island Ferry will be closed to cars for almost a month according to city of Newport Beach Public Works Department.
In conjunction with the underground utilities project underway, the Balboa Island Ferry will be closed to cars for almost a month according to the city of Newport Beach Public Works Department.
(Susan Hoffman)

Motorists crossing the bridge onto Balboa Island have been encountering a flashing electronic sign alerting the public that the Balboa Island Ferry access will be closed to cars for almost a month, beginning Monday.

The closure is in conjunction with an underground utility project, according to the city of Newport Beach Public Works Department.

Pedestrians and bicycles may continue to ride back and forth on the ferry between Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula, but autos must take the land route. Pacific Coast Highway connects to the peninsula at Newport Boulevard.

The closure will continue until Jan. 28, according to officials. The project encompasses an area at the west end of Balboa Island, between Agate Avenue and Collins Island.

Balboa Island Ferry owner Seymour Beek understands the facts of street disruptions, since an underground electrical vault has to be installed.

“I was originally told [the closure to vehicles] would be two weeks, I’m hoping they get the job done sooner,” said Beek. “How much it will impede ferry traffic remains to be seen.”

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