PADUCAH, Ky. (Jan 13, 2020) — The Cave-in-Rock Ferry will be closed due to a mechanical issue on Monday, January 13, 2020.
The Motor Vessell Lonnie Jo that powers the Cave-in-Rock Ferry has a cracked engine manifold. Ferry operator Lonnie Lewis says the closest one available is in St. Louis. Once the manifold is picked up it will take about half a day to install it.
The repair effort will require the Cave-in-Rock Ferry to be closed all day on Monday, January 13th. The ferry crew will attempt to provide notice sometime late Monday on the ferry’s operating status for Tuesday.
The ferry normally operates from 6:00 a.m. to 9:50 p.m. central time, 7 days a week. The ferry carries about 500 vehicles across the Ohio River in an average day.
The Cave-In-Rock Ferry is operated by an independent contractor with joint funding from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Illinois Department of Transportation through a ferry authority.
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