ConnDOT: Rocky Hill Ferry New

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Operating Season
April 1 through November 30

Ferry Service Schedule
Monday thru Friday 7:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day
Fee:
$5.00 Per Vehicle weekdays(Car,SUV,Truck,Motorcycle or Similar)

$6.00 Per Vehicle weekends
 
$3.00 Commuter Rate
(Requires Pre-Purchased Commuter Coupons priced at a book of 20 for $60.00)
 
$2.00 Walk on Rate for Pedestrians and Bicyclist
all days
 
*** Weather conditions, water levels, or mechanical issues can sometimes impact the operation of the ferry ***
 If the ferry is closed for any reason during the regular operating season, it will be listed on our "Traffic Incidents" webpage, located here:
Traffic Incidents
History

The nation's oldest continuously operating ferry service crosses the Connecticut River between Rocky Hill and Glastonbury.
 
The original ferry, which dates back to 1655, was a small raft pushed across the river using long poles.  Under State charter, the ferry service was operated by local families throughout most of its existence. The ferry service was such a vital transportation link within the region that crossing would cease only during the most adverse conditions.
 
When river flood levels escalated, the ferry would use alternate landings such as the old coal dock in South Glastonbury, or the ferry operator would skid the craft across inundated meadows to an old dock near Tryon Street. Today the ferry is temporarily closed if the river reaches flood stage.
 
At one time, a horse on a treadmill in the center of the craft supplied the power to propel the craft across the river. In 1876, the ferry was "modernized" into a steam driven craft.  Today's craft is an open flatboat named the "Hollister III".  The three-car barge is towed back and forth by the "Cumberland," a diesel powered towboat. The ferry provides a convenient, direct link between Rocky Hill and Glastonbury at Route 160.
 
 

FERRY VIDEO

 

"The Rocky Hill - Glastonbury Ferry is a unique element in the Region's transportation plan....The ferry plays a special role in serving local vehicular traffic between Rocky Hill and Glastonbury, and it plays an important role for bicyclists. Motorists traveling between parts of southern Glastonbury and Rocky Hill can cut nearly 8 miles (one-way) off their trip if they use the ferry. For cyclists, the ferry is even more important since bicycle access to the Putnam Bridge (Route 2) between Wethersfield and northern Glastonbury is not allowed. The ferry is the only crossing for cyclists between Hartford and Middletown. Without the ferry, cyclists face a barrier of over 13 miles with no way to get across....The Council of Governments supports the continued operation of the Rocky Hill - Glastonbury Ferry for the benefits it provides local motorists, cyclists, and tourists and for its value as a historic resource."

 

 
 
 
 
For Additional Information Contact:

Connecticut Department of Transportation
Bureau of Aviation & Ports
Office of Port Operations - State Pier
New London, CT 06320
(860)443-3856
 
Links:
 


Directions

In Glastonbury
From the East Side of the Connecticut River
Route 17 from Route 2
To Route 160
Follow signs to Ferry

In Rocky Hill
From the West Side of the Connecticut River
Interstate 91 (I-91) South or North
To Exit 23, West Street
Top Ramp, is southbound, a left turn
if northbound, right turn
Follow signs to Ferry landing located
on Route 160