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New Contract Approved for Cave-in-Rock Ferry


Two-year contact provides $3.3 million for ferry service

PADUCAH, Ky. (June 30, 2022)  — The Cave-in-Rock Ferry will continue to provide regular service under a new two-year contract.

The new agreement will keep the Cave-in-Rock Ferry operating on the regular 16-hour a-day schedule from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

The Cave-in-Rock Ferry connects KY Hwy 91 in Crittenden County, Ky., with Ill. Route 1 in Hardin County, Ill. and carries approximately 500 vehicles across the river each day.

The new contract provides $3,324,000 for the operation of the ferry through June 30, 2024.

For many Hardin County, III., residents, Marion, Ky, provides the closest full-service grocery store. In addition to providing a significant transportation and commerce connection, the ferry links hiking and outdoor activities in the Shawnee National Forest of Southern Illinois with the scenic Amish Community in Crittenden County, KY.  The ferry also serves as a tourist attraction.

The ferry operation is jointly funded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) through the Ohio River Ferry Authority operated by the Crittenden County Fiscal Court.

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