- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) - The route taken by a coal-fired passenger ferry that carries people and cars across Lake Michigan between Wisconsin and Michigan is getting a new designation.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has notified Lake Michigan Carferry Service Inc. that the route traveled by the SS Badger will be designated as a continuance route of U.S. 10., the Ludington Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/1fn2MvG ).

Since 1926, U.S. 10 has been broken into two segments by Lake Michigan between the port cities of Ludington, Michigan, and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, from mid-May through mid-October. The ferry also handles commercial truck traffic.

“The ferry service plays an important role in the tourism industry, as well as the efficient movements of goods in our two states,” said Michigan Department of Transportation Chief Operations Officer Greg Johnson.

The nonprofit association is working with MDOT and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation on the new designation.



“We are very pleased that both states recognize the current and historic importance of the Ludington to Manitowoc ferry route serviced by the SS Badger,” said Pat McCarthy, vice president of shore operations.

The 410-foot SS Badger launched in 1952 can carry 600 passengers and 180 vehicles. It’s the last coal-fired steamship operating on the Great Lakes. Operators have made environmental improvements to keep the vintage vessel in service and it’s being considered for National Historic Landmark Designation.

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Online:

https://www.ssbadger.com

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Information from: Ludington Daily News, https://www.ludingtondailynews.com

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