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Full Ferry Service Resumes After Texas Oil Spill

Full ferry service has resumed between Galveston and Bolivar peninsula after the oil spill that closed down the Houston Ship Channel.

(TxDOT photo/file)

TEXAS CITY (March 26, 2014) Full ferry service has resumed between Galveston and Bolivar Peninsula after a weekend oil spilled closed the Houston Ship Channel, the Texas Department of Transportation said Wednesday.

Service resumed on a daylight-only basis on Monday, but has now returned to 24-hour operation, TxDOT said.

The agency advised travelers to be cautious because oily conditions still exist.

About 170,000 gallons of oil spilled Saturday afternoon after a collision between a barge carrying oil and a ship just inside the mouth to Galveston Bay.

State officials shut down ferry service at the request of the Coast Guard amid safety concerns.

Ferries operate free of charge and haul thousands of vehicles and pedestrians daily from State Highway 87 between Galveston and Bolivar Peninsula.

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