As passengers boarded the SS Badger Friday morning, officials gathered beside the carferry for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of the project that rebuilt the Lake Michigan Carferry (LMC) docks.
The project overhauled the SS Badger’s docks in Ludington and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, enabling the carferry to continue its operations.
Sections of the docks were more than 70 or 80 years old and were in dire need of replacement, said LMC President Bob Manglitz. He said he first saw the deteriorating condition of the docks in 2016, and LMC worked to get a reconstruction project started.
“They were approaching the point of being unusable,” Manglitz said. “After awhile, you know you can’t even fix things and it won’t be long before they fall completely apart ... But (now) the end result is we’ve got new docks on both sides.”
After the ribbon cutting ceremony, Congressman Huizenga spoke with Mr. Manglitz about the economic impact of the Badger and what it means to the community. You can watch their conversation in the short video below.