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River ice closes Cave-in-Rock ferry

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The Cave-in-Rock Ferry closed Wednesday because of heavy ice on the Ohio River. The ferry halted service about 11:30 a.m., according to a news release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Ferry operator Lonnie Lewis said the river is about 75 to 80 percent covered between the banks by a large mass of floating ice. The ice is moving, but the chunks are getting large enough to present a hazard to the ferry.

Lewis said several towboat pilots that run the Ohio near the ferry crossing have indicated this is the worst ice has been since about 1975.

He expects it will take several days of above freezing weather to allow the ferry to resume operation.

The ferry connects Ky. 91 with Ill. Rt. 1 across the Ohio River between Crittenden County and Hardin County, Ill.

The ferry normally operates from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. The ferry carries about 500 vehicles across the Ohio River in an average day.

The Cave-In-Rock Ferry is at Ohio River navigation mile point 881.0.

The Cave-In-Rock Ferry is operated by an independent contractor with joint funding from KYTC and Idot through a ferry authority.

Timely traffic advisories for the 12 counties of KYTC Highway District 1 are available by going to www.facebook.com/kytcdistrict1. You do not have to be a Facebook member to access this page.  

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