Contract concluded to finance the ferry linking Kentucky to Illinois | State and Region

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ASSOCIATED PRESS

MARION, Ky. — A new contract has been reached to continue service by the Cave-in-Rock Ferry, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said.

The ferry connects Kentucky 91 in Crittenden County to Illinois 1 in Hardin County, Illinois, carrying some 500 vehicles daily on the Ohio River. Its regular operating hours are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day, the firm said.

The $3.3 million contract runs through June 30, 2024. The ferry is jointly funded by the firm and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Marion offers the closest full-service grocery store for many Hardin County residents, the firm said. The ferry serves as a tourist attraction and also connects hiking and outdoor activities in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois to the Amish community in Crittenden County, the firm said.

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