- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) - After more than two months, the Dorena-Hickman Ferry in western Kentucky is reopening.

The ferry closed down on Nov. 18, and officials expected it to be out of operation for a few weeks while a new barge went through final outfitting and inspection. Instead it took about nine weeks.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says ferry captain Edward Floyd and the crew spent Tuesday becoming familiar with the operation of the new barge. The ferry should be back in service at 7 a.m. CST Wednesday on the regular winter operating schedule.

The ferry connects Kentucky 1354 at Hickman with Missouri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena, Missouri. The ferry is the only direct route between the two states.

For more information, visit http://www.dorena-hickmanferryboat.com or call (731) 693-0210.

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