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High water alters ferry schedule

High water alters ferry schedule

Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 9:02 pm

 The Dorena-Hickman Ferry’s daily operating schedule is being shortened due to high water and drift on the Mississippi River at Hickman, Ky. Starting Monday, it was announced the ferry will make the last afternoon run from the Kentucky side of the river at 4:30 p.m. and the last departure from the Missouri side of the river at 4:45 p.m. This will allow the Dorena-Hickman Ferry to return to the Kentucky shore before dark. According to ferry captain Edward Floyd, high water on the Mississippi has put a lot of drift in the river and it is difficult for the ferry pilot to see after dark. The shortened operating hours will continue until the river drops and drifts no longer create a hazard to ferry navigation. With current river level projections, the ferry could remain on the shortened operating schedule for several days. The Dorena-Hickman Ferry connects KY 1354 at Hickman with Missouri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena, Mo. The Dorena-Hickman Ferry operates from the Hickman Landing starting at 7 a.m. with regular river crossings during daylight hours. Passage for passenger vehicles is $12, with additional tolls for trucks, motor homes and vehicles pulling trailers. Missouri and Kentucky enjoy the geographic distinction of being the only border states that are not directly connected by a road or bridge. The only direct route between the two states is the Dorena-Hickman Ferry. For more information on the ferry and a schedule of normal operating hours, visit the Web site www.dorena-hickmanferryboat.com. Published in The Messenger 12.29.09

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