Ferry Could Link Mid-Missouri Towns
It could cut the drive to Jefferson City almost in half, and bring Chamois closer to Columbia, Fulton and I-70.
"I'm a first responder here,"explained Chamois resident Richard Schollmeyer."It would also help in transportation of patients to the hospital."
Right now drivers have to drive to Jefferson City or Hermann to cross the river.
"It would make traveling back and forth to Jeff City a lot faster. It would also help the economy of this town," explained Schollmeyer. "It could possibly bring in new residents, new businesses."
The Chamois Ferry Boat Project estimates starting the ferry will cost $1.1-million.
They plan to charge $4.50 for cars to cross on the ferry, $7.50 for a pickup truck with a trailer, and $15 for a semi truck.
Chamois residents say that price is right.
"With the fuel like it is now, the price and stuff, it's gonna save all the way around," said James Bonnot Chamois resident.
Many in Chamois supported the idea of a ferry.
"We'd use it all the time. And I'm sure, from what I understood, hauling grain back and forth would make a big difference," Schollmeyer said. "And the trucking industry."
MoDOT says it doesn't have the money for the project but Chamois plans to keep pushing.
The Missouri house unanimously supported the Chamois Ferry in a resolution earlier this month.