Paducah, Ky (Nov 19, 2020)– The Cave-in-Rock Ferry is temporarily closed due to high winds.
Winds along the Ohio River are running about 20 miles an hour out of the southwest at the ferry crossing with gusts of about 25 miles per hour. Anytime the wind runs upstream, it can create hazardous river conditions.
The ferry halted operations about 11:30 a.m., CST.
Based on the weather forecast, winds are expected to remain high until about dark.
The Cave-in-Rock Ferry will attempt to provide timely notice when the wind speed drops sufficiently to allow service to resume.
The Cave-In-Rock Ferry connects KY 91 with ILLINOIS Route 1 across the Ohio River between Crittenden County, KY, and Hardin County, IL.
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 at Ohio River navigation mile point 881.0.
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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