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Contact: Vickie Carson, 270-758-2192
Superintendent Patrick Reed announced today that the park ferries are open; maintenance of Green River Ferry, planned to begin this week, will be delayed because of the low level of the Green River. Hull inspections by the U.S Coast Guard will occur the week of October 25; each ferry will be temporarily closed on one day for approximately four to eight hours.
"At this point, we are unsure of the exact schedule for the inspections, so we must ask folks to check the ferry information line for current status of ferry operations," said Reed. The ferry information line is 270-758-2166.
After the inspections are complete, the Green River Ferry will be removed from the river for maintenance. However, the river must be at seven or eight feet to allow the ferryboat to be removed from the river; the river gage at Green River Ferry currently measures two feet.
"At this time, there is enough water to run the ferries, but not enough to pull the Green River Ferry out of the river," added Reed.
Sandblasting and painting the Green River Ferry will require that it be out of service for four to six weeks. The ferryboat will be moved to the adjacent parking lot on the south side of the river. About half of the parking spaces will be closed to make room for the ferry and workmen. Once Green River Ferry is returned to the river, Houchin Ferry will receive the same treatment.
While Green River Ferry is out of service, the hours of Houchin Ferry will be extended: 6:00 a.m. to 9:55 p.m. Houchin Ferry will not close for the season until the Green River Ferry is back in operation.
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