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Dorena-Hickman Ferry back in service

Dorena-Hickman Ferry back in service

Posted: Monday, January 18, 2010 9:05 pm

 The Dorena-Hickman Ferry has resumed service. The ferry had been out of service since Jan. 8, when ice blocked the entrance to the Hickman (Ky.) Harbor at the Kentucky landing during a recent extended spell of below-freezing temperatures. When the harbor icing cleared, the ferry attempted to reopen but had to remain docked due to ice in the Mississippi River main channel. Ferry Capt. Ed Floyd said there is still some scattered ice coming down the Mississippi but there is enough open water to allow the ferry to safely resume a regular crossing schedule and warmer weather in the forecast over the next several days should further reduce the amount and size of ice in the river channel. The ferry is open and has resumed operation on the regular winter schedule, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The Dorena-Hickman Ferry connects KY 1354 at Hickman, Ky., with Mis-souri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena, Mo. It operates from the Hickman Landing 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 about the ferry and a schedule of operating hours, visit online at www.dorena-hickmanferryboat.com. Motorists can also check on the ferry’s operating status by calling (731) 693-0210. Published in The Messenger 1.18.10

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