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Dorena-Hickman Ferry open Thursday after dredging

HICKMAN, KY (KFVS) -

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry resumed service Thursday morning.

The ferry closed Wednesday to allow a dredge to continue working at the mouth of the Hickman Harbor.

The ferry is limited to passenger vehicles only due to continuing low water.

The ferry had been shut down for about a month due to low river levels until resuming service about a week ago.

Captain Ed Floyd is "reasonably optimistic" that ferry service can resume on Thursday after the dredge has finished work.

Floyd says the ferry halted service Wednesday to avoid interfering with a dredge that has been working to remove silt from Hickman Harbor.

Placement of the dredge where there is limited work area at the harbor entrance made it difficult for the ferry to maneuver in and out of the Kentucky Landing. Captain Floyd says closing the ferry for the day will allow the dredge to safely complete work at the harbor entrance without interruption.

Low water on the Mississippi River had forced the Dorena-Hickman Ferry to exclude semi trucks and carry passenger vehicles only for the last week. Floyd says when service is able to resume that ban on semi trucks will have to continue until river levels rise a couple of feet.

The river gauge at Cairo was at 8.86 feet at 9 a.m., Wednesday. River levels are projected to remain in the 9 ft. range Wednesday and Thursday with a slow drop to near 8 feet at Cairo by Sunday.

Floyd says he and his crew will carefully monitor river conditions and maintain service for passenger vehicles as water levels allow.

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry connects KY 1354 at Hickman, Kentucky, with Missouri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena, Missouri.

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry normally operates from the Hickman Landing with regular river crossings during daylight hours. Passage for passenger vehicles is $14 with additional tolls for trucks, motor homes, and vehicles pulling trailers. There are discounts for vehicles making return crossings.

Missouri and Kentucky enjoy the geographic distinction of being the only border states that are not directly connected by a road. The only direct route between the two states is the Dorena-Hickman Ferry.

For more info on the Dorena-Hickman Ferry and a schedule of operating hours go to http://www.dorena-hickmanferryboat.com. Drivers can also check on the ferry's operating status by calling (731) 693-0210.

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